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René Gonzalez: I’m in Cuba, but we are still the Cuban Five

May 10, 2013

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I’m in Cuba, but we are still the Five, said today at a press conference in Havana René González, one of the five Cubans convicted in the U.S. for fighting terrorism against Cuba

Along with his wife, Olga Salanueva, René showed the US Certificate of Loss of Nationality, which he had just received, a document that allows him to stay permanently in Cuba.

However, he said that he will not feel free until his brothers in arms return: Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero.

He noted that the granting of the Certificate, awarded by the U.S. State Department does not constitute any humanitarian gesture.

He thanked the international solidarity with the Five and stressed the need to intensify actions, with the goal of American public opinion knows of the case and the injustice done to them

The U.S. Government has to overcome the pressures of the most reactionary anti-Cuban sector and start a dialogue with Cuba, he said.

The philosophy of confrontation between the two countries is very harmful, and I hope one day terrorism and aggression against Cuba are things of the past, he added.

René read a message recently sent by Gerardo from the maximum security prison in Victorville, Calif., where he is serving an unfair sentence of double life plus 15 years.

In an exclusive interview with ACN, René said he was honored that Gerardo considered him a champion of the cause of the Cuban Five.

He noted that this condition is shared as a team with the mothers, wives and families who have made the world aware of the case.

The commitment for us is “not to separate but stay together until we’re all here in Cuba,” he said.

The Five were arrested in 1998 in Miami and convicted in 2001 in that city for monitoring violent groups in U.S. territory who were planning terrorist actions against Cuba.

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Goodwill People Please for Cuban Antiterrorist’s Return Home

May 10, 2013

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Washington, May 10 (Prensa Latina) For goodwill people who know the injustice against the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States is of great joy that Rene Gonzalez permanently stays in Cuba, said Andres Gomez, director of Areito magazine website

In an article released yesterday, the Cuban journalist resident in Miami, said that on Friday, May 3, Judge Joan Lenard, of the Southern District Court of Florida, accepted to modify the terms of supervised release for three years by Gonzalez, who was released from prison in October 2011 after completing his sentence, but had to remain in this country.

Gomez recalled that on April 3, Rene Gonzalez filed a request by his lawyer Philip Horowitz to Judge Lenard to travel to Cuba for two weeks, to attend a memorial service for his father, Candido Rene Gonzalez, who died in Havana on April 2. Later, “on April 29, during a visit to his family in Cuba, Rene filed through the court by his legal representative a supplementary petition to his motion to modify the terms of supervised release, in exchange for his formal resignation to U.S. citizenship,” the text states.

“Rene was born in Chicago on August 13, 1956, and he is therefore a U.S. citizen by birth, also a citizen of Cuba by choice,” and his family is on the Caribbean island, Gomez said.

The Five, as Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, and Rene Gonzalez are internationally known, were detained on September 12, 1998 in the city of Miami, and after 17 months in solitary confinement, they were sentenced in December 2001 at a trial riddled with irregularities, according to some experts’ reports.

The mission that took them to U.S. territory was monitoring and restraining actions that with total impunity Cuban-American violent groups have planned, organized, and executed from southern Florida against the civilian population of the Caribbean country, which have left about 3,400 deaths and more than 2,000 people with disabilities over the last 50 years.

Fernando Gonzalez should release from prison in February 2014, whose initial penalty was 19 years, but after being resentenced in 2009, he was imposed 17 years and nine months.

Meanwhile, Gerardo Hernandez is serving his double life sentence plus 15 years, while Labañino and Guerrero, also resentenced, are serving a sentence of 30 years; and 21 years, 10 months, and five years of supervised release, respectively.

Hey, Miami gusanos, you are right, I am a communist.

May 10, 2013

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I should probably correct that. What I meant to say is, I was, rather than I am. Right now I am not a card carrying member of CPUSA, which is an acronym that stands for Communist Party USA.

But I still believe in the ideas of Karl Marx. The guy was a genius, specially when he said that “Religion is the opium of the masses.” And that comes from a guy that spent eleven consecutive years at Colegio De La Salle, in the Vedado district of Havana. I have to thank my deceased father for that. He made many sacrifices so I could go to a good school. If I had been sent to a Batista school, I would be totally ignorant today. The politicians in Cuba, before 1959, stole all the money that should have gone to the schools for the education of Cuban children. That has changed drastically today; Cuba now has good schools. The education money is not stolen by crooked US-supported native politicians.

In the 1990’s I was living in Puddle Town, which is the nickname for Portland, Oregon. Great city to live in. It is located in an extremely beautiful state. It rains a lot, but that is why the state and the city are so beautiful.

I have always spent a great deal of time in libraries, since I am a mouse that reads a lot of books. Multnomah county has the best library system west of the Mississippi river. They are open seven days a week, and when I was there, we the voters of the county, voted in favor of a $25 million dollars tax levy to renovate the Central Library in downtown Portland, and also the branches. Central Library is gorgeous.

Portland is a very political town. All kinds of good people, and also the weirdos, come to the library to distribute their pamphlets.

CPUSA, back then had an excellent working-class newspaper. It was called the “People’s Weekly World.” Like many other minor newspapers, you could always get a free copy every Monday at the library.

I liked what I read in the paper, and one thing led to another, and I joined CPUSA.

I did it because they defended Cuba, and after having lived for some time in west Dade county, Florida, in the seventies, I was thoroughly disgusted and repelled by the right-wing people that dominated the Cuban community. They reminded me of the Nazis. They were full of hate against just about everybody. Their anger stems from being booted out of Cuba on January 1, 1959, accompanying bad nigger Batista in his exit from the Caribbean.

The communists did not accomplish much in Portland back then. There were about 12 of us in the city. But they were good people. I got close to Hank Curl and we would go together to the docks to distribute to the working class the copies of the party newspaper.

There was one thing I had not expected. Just about every week I would receive mail from party headquarters in New York asking for “donations.” That got to be a pain in the ass. I never saw an audit in the party newspaper showing me where the money went.

There was another thing that bothered me a lot. In Portland, they had, at that time, a Saturday Market under the Burnside Bridge. Any non-profit could get a free table there on the weekend. I had founded the OCFA, which stood for the Oregon-Cuba Friendship Association. I did that on my own. The party did not ask me to do it. I paid for the state registration fees and for the newsletters that I wrote for the association. That was a “donation” that I am proud of.

So, one weekend, I had this petition that I had written up demanding that the Cuba blockade/embargo be lifted immediately. The results were beyond belief. I collected page after page of signatures, even from Canadians visiting Portland. They were given to a U.S. congressman from California, Esteban Torres, who was a friend of Cuba.

What I did not expect was that, other than Hank Curl, CPUSA did not do anything to help the petition drive. They sat on their asses. Hank Curl was the only one to show up and he helped with the gathering of the signatures. Him and I only. I was not a happy camper about CPUSA after that.

But the letters asking for “donations” kept on coming every week. I said to myself, to hell with CPUSA, and that is where the membership story ends.

Hank Curl I will never forget. He was a very good communist and he knew a lot about Marxist theory and practice. He must be deceased by now.

Nowadays, when I get letters from non-profits in my mail box, I always ask myself: “Where does the money goes?” Maybe to a few guys at the top? I don’t know.

CPUSA today does not amount to a hill of beans. Right now all they do is constantly kiss the ass of Barack Obama, specially during last year on election day in November. Could Big Ears be a crypt o-member? Did CPUSA get “donations” from the Democratic Party?

By the way, there are great similarities between the Catholic Church and the Communist Party. They both have sacred dogmas. If you criticize any of their dogmas, you know what you can expect? Harassment, excommunication or expulsion!

So, now I am my own boss. I do not belong to the corrupt Democrats or Republicans. Officially, I am an NPA, No Political Affiliation.

But I will continue @ Cuba Journal battling the genocidal Yankee imperialist blockade/embargo against my native Cuba. I guess that you could say that I am a guerrilla behind enemy lines.

Last but not least, keep Allan Gross in a Cuban jail until the Cuban 5 are released or exchanged.

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Gerardo Hernández: We will always be the Cuban Five

May 10, 2013

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A New Standard-Bearer

He could have used the same reasons of those who very soon decided to plead guilty and cooperate with the authorities. After long years of separation, he already had at his side Olga and Irmita, and had been able to enjoy for just four months the newborn Ivette.

What to do? Cling to the principles, leaving the three of them alone in a strange country and face again years of separation? Or “negotiate” and give them what they asked for in exchange for forgiveness and a new life? In his mind there was never a doubt, nor was there in his conduct a moment of hesitation.

Prosecutors knew they had very little against him, and tried to get him out of the way with offers. It bothered them that he sang “El Necio” (The Fool) and so they got tough on him. No one saw him crying when they separated Olga from the girls and they threw her into a cell. He had to do that in silence, as we all did because of the indignation and pain we felt when we heard the news, but we never noticed even minimal despair from him.

He fulfilled with dignity every day of his sentence, and came out with his head held as high as when he went in, but yet he still had to suffer the loss of his brother and his father in solitude.

Today each one of the Five is a little more free. Part of us wander through the streets of this island with him, and we can almost breathe the air, and bathe under the sun.
Someone asked me if we will now say that we are not five, but four, that would be a mistake! We are five and we will continue to be five! Today we have to continue the fight not only for the other four, but for Rene as well, because we know him, and we know that he will never be really free until we’re all back in the homeland. The difference now is that this battle, which will be until the end for the Five, has from this day on a new standard-bearer.

Congratulations Rene! Your four brothers celebrate with you, proudly!

HLVS!

Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Victorville Penitentiary
Mayo 3, 2013.

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