Washington D.C. Event Demanding
Freedom for Cuban Five Nears
Havana, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The
upcoming event in Washington D.C. for the Cuban
anti-terrorists imprisoned in the United States ó
will be the most important in support of their cause
during 2013, right in the heart of the empire, ó
said a solidarity group today.
Many well known intellectuals,
writers, artists, lawyers, union members, religious
leaders and friends in solidarity will attend the
meeting scheduled from May 30th to June 5th, said
the International Committee for the Freedom of the
Cuban Five. This is the second ó 5 Days for the
Cuban 5 ó that the group has organized in
Washington D.C. ó
ó Just looking at the number of
possible participants, we noticed the huge draw that
Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero,
Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez have, ó agreed
Graciela Ramirez and Alicia Jrapko in a telephone
interview with Prensa Latina news agency.
Jrapko, who is the group's
coordinator in the United States, highlighted that
the campaign for the Cuban anti-terrorists (known as
The Cuban Five) has a fresh impetus: Rene Gonzalez,
one of the Five, is home again in Cuba.
Ramirez and Jrapko said that ó
Rene's return to join his family only took place
after he had completed his sentence. ó Jrapko said
ó We cannot allow that to happen to the rest of
them, otherwise Gerardo will never leave prison,
since he was unfairly given two life sentences plus
15 years in prison. ó
The activists acknowledged that while
the Committee is the organizer, the event is being
sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies and is
supported by more than 50 organizations and
They recalled that this week of
activities in the U.S. capital is the result of a
call made in November, 2012, during the ó 8th
Colloquium on the Freedom of the Five and Against
Terrorism, ó held in the Cuban province of Holguin.
Ramirez, also a coordinator for the
International Committee confirmed that among the
public figures invited are the legendary
Afro-American fighter Angela Davis, the Latin
American leader Dolores Huerta, the philosopher and
European parliamentarian Gianni Vattimo, as well as
the Chilean parliamentarians Hugo Gutierrez and
The former president of Mexican
Senate, Yeidckol Polevnsky, the Nicaraguan diplomat
Sofia Clark D Escoto, the Brazilian writer Fernando
Morais, and the writer and journalist residing in
France, Ignacio Ramonet, will also attend the
meeting along with other well known jurists and
human rights organizations.
On June 1st, a peaceful
demonstration at the White House is scheduled, where
activists from Quebec, Canada and different U.S.
cities, including a large delegation of
Cuban-Americans who live in Miami, will participate.
Arrested on September 12th, 1998,
the Five monitored the movements of violent
organizations and individuals of Cuban origin, who
were planning and executing terrorist actions
against Cuba like the ones that have caused more
than 3,400 fatalities and more than 2,000 injuries
over the past 50 years.
The call to free the Cuban Five has
been echoed by politicians, artists, parliaments and
10 Nobel Prize winners, something that has been
ignored by the U.S. government.
in our Arab countries and in the World,
open this link
It is in
three languages, read the declaration and sign.
united and shouting we can face the unfair campaign lead against
who offered to its People and exported to the World life,
education and most of all peace that we all need.
Committee of solidarity to release the Five Cuban Heroes