Int’l Solidarity for the Cuban Five Keeps Multiplying

By Radio Angulo / editorweb@radioangulo.icrt.cu / Monday, 03 June 2013 11:44

The demand of justice for the Cuban Five keeps multiplying. Photo: cubasi.cuInternational support for the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States has increased, along with respect towards the Cuban people and government, says solidarity activist Alicia Jrapko. The coordinator of the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five highlighted the large attendance of delegates from many countries in the activities of an event held here to support that cause.

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“We had a lot of people participating; friends from 23 countries, parliamentarians especially from Latin America, as well as lawyers from Italy, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and members from Canada and the United States,” Jrapko told Prensa Latina.

The Cuban Five: Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were detained in 1998 and during a rigged trial in the city of Miami, Florida, were sentenced to long prison terms, including life sentences.

Known internationally as the Cuban Five, these fighters were unjustly imprisoned in the United States for preventing terrorist actions against the Cuban people, the Committee members recalled.

“The American people need to hear this case, so that more people can join the cause. One of the things gives me hope is social networks, because there, solidarity cannot be blocked,” Jrapko said.

“Although the Washington Post or CNN do not attend our news conferences, we have still managed to spread the word. Many people have seen our footage and the Telesur television network broadcasts throughout Latin America, she said.”

“We believe that the U.S. government must respect Cuba’s self-determination and sovereignty, and change a 50-year aggressive policy that most Americans oppose.”

The sentences for the five range as follows: Hernandez (double life term plus 15 years), Labañino (30 years), Guerrero (21 years plus 10 months and five years of supervised release), and Fernando Gonzalez (17 years and nine months), still remain in captivity.

Rene Gonzalez came out of prison and he is now in Cuba after renouncing his U.S. citizenship. All of the men tried to stop terrorist actions against Cuba, organized in the United States.

The watercolor painting exhibition “Yo me muero como vivi” (I Will Die The Way I Lived) by Antonio Guerrero, will open today in Washington.

The 15-work exhibition, equivalent to the number of years he and his companions have been imprisoned, is one of the main activities for the fifth day of the campaign “Five Days for the Cuban Five,” taking place here in support of their release. / Source: PL

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