Assange expresses solidarity with the cause of the Cuban Five


Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The founder of the Wikileaks website, Julian Assange, denounced the economic, financial and commercial U.S. blockade on Cuba today during a Havana-London videoconference conducted at the Press Information Center in the Cuban capital.
During the meeting, with the participation of journalists, journalism students, and bloggers from different Cuban cities, Assange expressed his interest in the situation faced by Cuba as a result of the U.S. blockade.

According to the online magazine Cubahora, Assange said that an exchange of opinions like the videoconference made it possible to break, at least for a moment, the immoral blockade suffered by Cuba for over 50 years.

He also said that his organization has learned from Cuba about confronting U.S. aggression, fundamentally in terms of principles, determination, humanity, ethical clarity and intelligence.

Assange also expressed solidarity with the cause of the Cuban Five. Four of these patriots are still in U.S. prisons for monitoring the actions of violent, anti-Cuban groups based in the United States.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González were arrested in 1998 in Miami and given long sentences during a trial that a UN panel described as biased.

René González is now in Cuba after completing his sentence and a period of supervised freedom, and renouncing his US citizenship.

As a gesture of support for the Cuban Five, Assange appeared onscreen wearing a yellow ribbon pinned to his chest, a symbol used as part of the campaign for their freedom.

The dialogue closed a workshop of cyberjournalism given by Pedro Miguel Arce, editorial writer for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, sponsored by Havana’s Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism.

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