Not Another Minute of Injustice More

(Photo: Oscar Alfonso Sosa)

The world comes together once again, starting today, for a solidarity event with the anti-terrorism fighters unjustly held in U.S. penitentiaries and against terrorism. In Cuba, the youth will lead most of the activities during the event.

By: Margarita Barrios

Starting today and running until October 16, the campaign for the freedom of the Cuban anti-terrorism fighters unjustly held in U.S. penitentiaries will develop in Cuba and in other parts of the world with a number of activities included an International Colloquium at the Havana International Conference Center.

Under the motto “Not another minute more,” and on the occasion of the 16th year of imprisonment of the young Cuban fighters, solidarity organizations from the entire world, and especially from the United States, will demand the U.S. government put an end to injustice and immediately release Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino.

In a press Conference held the day before, Fernando González, Hero of the Republic of Cuba and one of the fighters recently released after serving his full sentence and vice-president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), explained that this event aims to expand the message to all the world and he noted the involvement of Cuban social and political organizations in the activities.

Fernando added that the event would begin on September 4 with a tribute to Fabio Di Celmo, the young Italian killed in a terrorist act on this day, and would end on October 16, on the 38th anniversary of the midair explosion of a Cubana de Aviación airliner offshore Barbados that took 73 lives.

Graciela Ramírez, coordinator of the International Committee of Solidarity with the Five – as they are also known-, said that from September 11 to September 13 people supportive of the cause would return to the Capitol in Washington to talk with U.S.representatives; on September 12 they would hold a vigil in front of the White House, supported with similar activities in front of the U.S. embassies in many parts of the world.

Joan Cabo Mijares, member of the National Bureau of the Young Communist League (UJC), explained that in Cuba, in the evening of September 12, a political and cultural ceremony would be held on the Stairway of the University of Havana, in which the Cuban youth will show their support for this cause.

Other activities include a Festival of the New Technologies in the 600 Youth Computer Science Clubs on September 8, and on the 20th there would be a march in which participants would walk 5,844 meters, one meter for each day of imprisonment of Ramón, Gerardo and Antonio.

Cuban children are also taking part in this event, said the young leader; on September 20 there would be a National event called Children painting for peace, in which several activities would be done to ask for that long-wished desire of mankind to live in harmony.

Some of the most outstanding activities include the presentation of the book Redeeming the Past, by Father Michael Lapsley, vice-president of the Council of Churches in Capetown and president of the Solidarity Committee with Cuba in Capetown. Lapsley, who also attended the press conference on Wednesday, read a letter Gerardo Hernández sent him, in which he expresses his acknowledgement for his support for him and his comrades, whom Lapsley has visited in jail ten times.

Likewise; Kenia Serrano, president of the ICAP, said that over 200 delegates from 43 countries have so far confirmed their attendance at the 10th International Colloquium for the Freedom of the Cuban Five and against Terrorism, to be held in Havana from September 11 to September 13.

Two panels, one with the families of the Five and another one with families of victims of terrorism are also part of the activities to be held in the Havana International Conference Center, as well as the coordination of international activities of support for the cause.

Likewise; the participants in the colloquium will hold meetings with the Cuban Journalists Association (UPEC), and with Students and professors of the University of Havana, the Jose Antonio Echevarría Polytechnic Institute (CUJAE), and the University of Computer Sciences (UCI).

They will also see the work, No agradezcan el silencio (Do not thank the silence), by artist Alexis «Kcho» Leyva Machado in the Fine Arts Museum as well as a meeting with members of the Committees of Defence of the Revolution in Havana during the campaign called Demand for the Freedom of the Five.

Translated by ESTI

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