Archive for June 5th, 2013

Solidarity Campaign with Cuban Antiterrorists Ends in Washington

June 5, 2013


Washington, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The last day of the week to support five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States reserve for today a video conference with the participation of Rene Gonzalez, one of them.

Released from prison in 2011 after complying with his sentence, Gonzalez, born in Chicago on August 13, 1956, was then subjected to a supervised release in U.S. territory and succeeded, by renouncing his citizenship, which modify these conditions and enable him to remain in Cuba along with his family.

The interactive conference, in which the Five’s relatives will also attend, will be broadcast from Havana, and all foreign and national media accredited in the Cuban capital were invited, according to the program.

During these days, personalities and representatives from 23 countries have joined their voices in Washington DC, demanding the return to their homeland of these Cuban antiterrorist fighters still confined, and because of the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, unilaterally broken off by the White House on January 3, 1961.

Today’s activities will conclude in the afternoon with a plenary session, in which participants will debate new actions to include to the battle for the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, still in prison.

The campaign “Five Days for the Cuban Five,” organized by the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five, has been intense: about thirty attendees, among them several parliamentarians from other countries held a meeting with African American democrat legislators and Yvette Clarke and Bobby Rush.

Clarke and Rush, representatives from New York and Illinois, respectively, knew details of this case, described by legendary African-American fighter Angela Davis as scandalous.

A peaceful rally in front of the White House was held, and there was an ecumenical meeting, gatherings of trade unionists, lawyers, and intellectuals, and a 15-work watercolor painting exhibition, made by Antonio Guerrero, was opened.

In addition, several books were launched among them “Los ultimos soldados de la Guerra Fria” (The last soldiers of the Cold War), by Brazilian writer, journalist and former legislator Fernando Morais, and “Lo que se encuentra a traves del agua: la verdadera historia de Los Cinco cubanos” (What lies across the water: the true story of the Cuban Five), by Canadian professor and journalist Stephen Kimber.

Another title launched was “Cuba y sus vecinos: democracia en movimiento” (Cuba and its neighbors: democracy movement), by also Canadian writer, journalist and Montreal teacher Arnold August.

Yesterday’s agenda coincided in time with Gerardo Hernandez’ 48th birthday. More than 20 different actions were reported during this solidarity week, which started here on May 30.

Angela Davis: It is outrageous to accuse the Cuban Five of terrorism

June 5, 2013

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angela davisLegendary African-American fighter, Angela Davis, stated that the case of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the U.S. federal prisons is outrageous, and talked on the need to create a mass movement for their liberation. “It is outrageous that men who worked to prevent acts of terrorism were accused of terrorism. In Cuba, these actions have cost thousands of lives,” Davis said during an ecumenical cultural meeting at St. Stephen Church, as part of the Second Week “Five Days for the Cuban Five” in Washington DC.

It is necessary to create a mass movement to be heard and to free the Five. Four of them remain behind bars, said Davis, whose unjust imprisonment in the 70’s for her political activism sparked a global wave of protest that forced her release.

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USA Should Be Included on Terrorist Countries List

June 5, 2013

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Havana, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) The United States should be included on the list of sponsors of international terrorism because it shelters criminal groups in its territory, and has an established record of relationships with other terrorists worldwide, a renowned curator and philanthropist said today.

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After describing as irrational and absurd the fact that the U.S. State Department continues to keep Cuba on its unilateral list, U.S. American Gilbert Brownstone, president of the foundation that bears his name, told Prensa Latina via email that Washington ought to offer an explanation to Cuba for its inclusion on such a list.

According to Brownstone, “The U.S. is totally hypocritical with such double standards,” and recalled the damage and thousands of deaths caused on the Caribbean island due to plans organized and financed from Florida by criminal groups, in most cases with the tolerance…

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Cuban University Network Joins the Event for the Five

June 5, 2013


In this event for denunciation, and solidarity with the good causes in the world, UJC and FEU are joining in to make a special tribute to the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters as part of their Eighth Congress

By: Yuniel Labacena Romero (juventudrebelde)

The Universities Network in Solidarity with the Five, based at the Jose Antonio Echeverria Instituto Superior Politecnico (Cujae), is joining on Tuesday in the second Five Days for the Cuban Five event, being held in the U.S. capital to create awareness about the case of the Cuban Five.

The usual La Casa de los Cinco cultural show, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month, has moved to today to tie up the activities in Cuba with thousands of friends and supporters who have come to the White House to demand the immediate release of the Five.

As part of the program of activities, which the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples is also organizing, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada will present The last soldiers of the Cold War, a book chronicling little known aspects of the trial and the life of Gerardo, Ramón, Fernando, Antonio and René.

In this event for denunciation, and solidarity for the good causes in the world, also a celebration of the 48th birthday of Gerardo and 50th of Ramón, the Young Communist League and the Federation of University Students will join, making a special tribute to the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters as part of their Eighth Congress.

International support for the Five, and also respect for the Cuban people and government, has grown during this second Event in Washington DC, with a large attendance of delegates from many countries in the activities being held in that city in support of the cause of the Cuban Five.

Translated by ESTI

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