Rene Gonzalez Honors Heroes of 1953 Attack on the Moncada Garrison

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“Honor to the Martyrs of Moncada, whose spirit inspired the stance maintained since the very first days by the Cuban Five before their imperialist prosecutors.” The statement was made by anti-terrorist fighter Rene Gonzalez as he paid tribute to the heroes from the province of Artemisa, who took part in the assault of the Moncada garrison on July 26, 1953.

During a visit to the mausoleum that pays homage in Artemisa to 17 youths killed in action 60 years ago at the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, or days after the event took place, Rene Gonzalez stressed that the battle for the return to Cuba of his compatriots still held in US jails will succeed.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero, along Gonzalez were given extremely long and unfair prison sentences in the US after they monitored Florida-based terrorist organizations. Rene Gonzalez returned to Cuba after he met his prison sentence and US authorities accepted the modification of his parole in exchange for the renouncing of his American citizenship.

They will all return once Cuba builds a new victorious history over the hatred of the empire, said Gonzalez and he added that in the face of the enemy’s hatred the first word that inspired them to keep firm was Moncada, an example revealing that the braveness and honesty of a man are put to test at difficult circumstances, such as the situation of his compatriots.

Gonzalez said that his meeting with university students in Artemisa was emotional and he called on the youths to address the problems and find the solutions through their research studies. He also invited the students to live their lives fully in a stage of life in which collective aspirations must come first than individual ones.

Accompanied by his wife Olga, Gonzalez is also visiting places of economic, social and political interest in Artemisa and he is learning about the new government structures experimentally operating in that territory for two years now.

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