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New World Campaign to Demand Release of Cuban Five

May 6, 2012
 Juan M. Garcia

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May 6 (Prensa Latina) Activists and organizations from all over the world have repeated over the past few hours their demand for the U.S. government to release the five Cuban antiterrorists sentenced to long prison terms in that country.

  • Argentinean Municipality Joins Campaign to Release Cuban Five
  • El Salvador Demands Release of Cuban Five

From France, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, El Salvador and Uruguay, among other countries, people have raised their voices in favor of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, who were arrested in the United States in 1998 for monitoring the anti-Cuba actions carried out by Miami-based violent groups.

Demands increased on Saturday, when the campaign “Five for the Five” was activated. The campaign consists of demanding the release of the Cuban Five, as they are known internationally, on the fifth day of every month.

In Buenos Aires, the Deliberating Council of the municipality of Moron unanimously approved a decree in support of Gerardo, Antonio, Ramón, Fernando and René, the four former are still in prison, but Rene is serving a three-year supervised release on U.S. territory after 13 years in prison, a measure that activists consider an additional punishment.

In Caracas, a solidarity event was presided over by Venezuelan Ombudswoman Gabriela Ramirez, who said raising U.S. citizens’ awareness on The Five is a priority against the U.S. media silence on their case.

Meanwhile, a solidarity committee in support of the Cuban antiterrorists was set up in the Brazilian Amazonia.

In France, activists sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama to demand the return home of Gerardo, Antonio, Ramón, Fernando and Rene. The new action for The Five took place two weeks after the world campaign “Five Days for The Five”, which had its epicenter in Washington DC.

From April 17 to 21, people mobilized in favor of The Five in over 40 countries in all five continents.

The main actions, including the presentation of the case of The Five to some 40 U.S. congress people and a demonstration in front of the White House, took place in the U.S. capital.

World-renowned figures such as Danny Glover, Dolores Huerta and Cindy Sheehan participated in the events that the International Committee to Release the Five organized in Washington DC.

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