Washington.– The legendary African-American political activist Angela Davis says that the case of the Cuban Five -unjustly held in U.S. federal prisons- is outrageous, highlighting the need to redouble efforts for their freedom.
“It is outrageous that men who worked to prevent acts of terrorism were accused of terrorism. In Cuba, these actions have cost thousands of lives,” Davis said during an ecumenical cultural meeting at St. Stephen Church, as part of the new campaign “Five Days for the Cuban Five” underway in Washington DC.
Angela Davis, whose own unjust imprisonment in the 70’s sparked a global wave of protests that forced her release, stressed the need to create a mass movement to demand the end of these men’s imprisonment.
Currently, only four of them remain in prison, as René González was released in 2011 under probation, and returned to Cuba in April 2013.
The activist, who was the inspiration for generations of young people, said that the case of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, revealed “the fraud patterns of American democracy.”
Supporting the cause of the Cuban Five is also supporting the struggle against sexism and racism, for health and education, Davis said after asking Obama to remove the economic blockade against Cuba, close the infamous Guantánamo prison, and release the Five.
Current Professor of Philosophy at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Davis exclaimed “Obama, Give Me Five!”, the motto of the global solidarity campaign on behalf of these fighters, who were arrested in 1998 for monitoring terrorist groups based in Florida, who were planning violent actions against Cuba. (RHC/PL)
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