CHE AND THE CUBAN FIVE

Escrito por Estela McCollin   
 
 
Adriana Pérez, wife of Cuban Antiterrorist Gerardo Hernandez  

La Paz, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Adriana Pérez, wife of Cuban Antiterrorist Gerardo Hernandez honors today Cuban-Argentine guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara in La Higuera, Bolivia, where he was murdered October 1967.

  Perez began last Wednesday a five-day visit in Bolivia. She travelled Friday to Vallegrande to lay a wreath at the 30-year burial site until Che’s remains were ferried to Santa Clara, central Cuba.

Adriana -wife of Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Five Cuban prisoners in US jails- paid tribute to the mythic guerrilla and assured that an old dream has come true in visiting a place she always wished to visit.

She also met with the Cuban medical brigade working in the region, whom she updated on the Cuban Five situation. Perez related their actual living terms and that of his comrades, their incongruous legal process and the media slant praying on their case.

With the visit to La Higuera, Pérez ends her stay in Bolivia where she gave an interview to numerous media and government personalities, among them with President Evo Morales in Palacio Quemado.

Morales promised to write a letter to US President Barack Obama to plead for the Cuban Five release, and whose cause he has joined from assuming power in 2006.

Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez were arrested on September 1998 and submitted to unlawful processes that resulted in harsh verdicts, namely against Gerardo who was given two life sentences plus 15 years.

Rene Gonzalez already completed his sentence but must fulfill in US territory three-year supervised probation.

The Cuban five were monitoring terrorist organizations financed by the US and operating from south Florida to denounce their activities.

Their anonymous work helped frustrate numerous terrorist plans that ranged from infiltrating weaponry and large arsenals in Cuba to mid-flight blast of civilian planes and the assassination or the leaders of the Cuban Revolution.

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