More People Join Solidarity Campaign for The Five in Washington


Washington, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) More than 250 people from all over the world supported in a week the next solidarity campaign with Cuba and three anti-terrorist fighters still in prison in the United States.
The recent incorporation to the blog, came from Sweden with the signature of parliamentarians and religious personalities, an activist said to Prensa Latina.

It is clear that normalization of relations between the two countries passes inevitably by solving the case of the Five, said via electronic mail Alicia Jrapko coordinator on United States soil of the International Committee for the Freedom of those men.

And this solution is that the remaining members of the group are returned to their homeland, reiterated Jrapko and mentioned two of them: Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, who left prison after serving their entire sentences.

She insisted that for that reason the current efforts of solidarity movement focus on the attention of the public opinion about the unjust imprisonment of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino.

Jrapko said the renowned actor and activist Danny Glover, the anti-war and civil rights activist Tom Hayden and retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson have confirmed their attendance to the third edition of Five Days for The Five, scheduled from June 4 to 11, in Washington DC.

On the recent Human Rights Prize given to the Five by the U.S. non-governmental organization Global Exchange, Jrapko added: it gives us the opportunity to reach a new audience.

The award is a prestigious recognition and during the campaign, in a three-week period, nearly 9,000 people went to the link describing who they are and the conditions of their arrest on September 12, 1998.

I think the prize in the category People’s choice will place Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René in a new space, where many people will learn not only about the case, but why they deserve the award: for fighting against terrorism, she added.

The People’s choice Award had 35 nominations, among then the Indian-American Leonard Peltier who has spent 36 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, said Jrapko.

Casey Camp-Horinet, member of the Ponca Tribe from Oklahoma, Jeannie Economos, defender of the immigrants and countryside workers rights, and the environment and late musician Peter Seeger were also in the list.

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