Archive for August 20th, 2011

Fernando Thanks International Solidarity with the Cuban Five

August 20, 2011
The Third Foreign Students’ International Brigade called for the immediate release of Cuban Five in several languages

By: Juventud Rebelde

2011-08-19
Cuban antiterrorist combatant Fernando González Llort, unjustly imprisoned in the US for close to 13 years, said he was honored by the all the well wishes he received from people around the world who celebrated his 48th birthday in Cuba.
Fernando’s mother, Magali Llort, read her son’s message during a meeting with the Third Foreign Students’ International Brigade who gathered Thursday to celebrate Fernando’s birthday in an act of solidarity at the Julio Antonio Mella Camp in the province of Artemisa.
In a trial plagued with irregularities and held in a highly biased Miami court, Fernando González along with Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and René González, also known as the Cuban Five received harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to consecutive life terms plus 15 years.
The five Cubans had been working to uncover information about terrorist activities being planned and carried out against Cuba by ultra-rightwing organizations based in southern Florida with a long record of terrorist actions against Cuba and the Cuban people. When they turned their information over to authorities they were arrested and have been in jail ever since.
A United Nations Working Group reviewing the case determined that the trial did not take place in a climate of objectivity and impartiality, which is required in order to conclude on the observance of the standards of a fair trial. The UN report also charges that the Cuban Five were wrongfully held for seventeen months in solitary confinement after their arrest, and that their lawyers were deprived of the opportunity to examine all of the available evidence before the government invoked the Classified Information Protection Act.
After reading her son’s note to members of the Third Foreign Students’ International Brigade, representatives of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and some of their family members, Magali Llort said that celebrations held in Fernando’s honor gave him much hope to know that so many young people in the world are committed to solidarity and fighting for justice.
The participants, who came together in the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, in Caimito, Artemisa province, were given an update on the unjust and rigged legal proceedings to which Fernando, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, René González and Gerardo Hernández have been subjected.
“Knowing that a court in my country did not act with justice puts us, as US citizens, in the same place because if we were to face a similar situation tomorrow, the same fate could await us, and thus the need to change things,” US student David Lavender observed.
“We know what they are suffering and, because we have more than 10,000 incarcerated comrades, we feel and will continue supporting this struggle, which we know is for a just cause, and achieving that is in the hands of solidarity and the unity of our forces,” affirmed Mohamed Abu Srour, Palestinian representative.
Organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship among the Peoples (ICAP), Graciela Ramírez, coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 in the United States, was also present.
The students, from various Havana universities, performed dances, recited poems and gave statements during the event which calls for the immediate release of Cuban Five in several languages.
 

Youth for the Five

August 20, 2011

Leandro Maceo Leyva

MEMBERS of the 3rd Foreign Students’ International Brigade, representatives of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and some of their family members yesterday celebrated the 48th birthday of Fernando González, one of the five Cubans incarcerated in U.S jails. for defending their country from terrorism.

Photo: Otmaro RodríguezMagalis Llort, Fernando’s mother, expressed her pleasure at the presence of so many young students and passed on a message from her son, “I am very honored that people of different nationalities are coming together to celebrate my birthday.”

She added that it gave Fernando added hope to know that so many young people in the world are committed to solidarity and fighting for justice.

The students, from various Havana universities, contributed dances, poems and statements to the event, with calls for the liberation of the Five in different languages.

The participants, who came together in the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, in Caimito, Artemisa province, were given an update on the unjust and rigged legal proceedings to which Fernando, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, René González and Gerardo Hernández have been subjected.

Organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship among the Peoples (ICAP), Graciela Ramírez, coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 in the United States, was also present.

“Knowing that a court in my country did not act with justice puts us, as citizens, in the same place because if we were to face a similar situation tomorrow, the same fate could await us, and thus the need to change things,” U.S. student David Lavender observed.

“We know what they are suffering and, because we have more than 10,000 incarcerated comrades, we feel and will continue supporting this struggle, which we know is for a just cause, and achieving that is in the hands of solidarity and the unity of our forces,” affirmed Mohamed Abu Srour, Palestinian representative.

 

Translated by Granma International

 


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