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Daughter of Cuban Hero Receives Warm Welcome in Peru

November 15, 2014


Lima, Nov 13.- Ailí Labañino, the daughter of Cuban anti-terrorist fighter Ramón Labañino, was warmly welcomed in Lima, Peru where she arrived on Thursday to take part as a guest in the 15th Peruvian Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba.

The young woman was given a fraternal welcoming at the Jorge Chávez International Airport by Ambassador of Cuba stationed in this South American country Juana Martínez and also an active member of the organization which sponsors the abovementioned meeting slated to be held in the Andean city of Huancayo, some 310 kms to the east of LIma.

On behalf of family members of the Cuban Five -arrested 16 years ago in the United States and unjustly sentenced to long terms of imprisonment- Ailín Labañino attends this meeting.

The Cuban Five were arrested in Miami, Fla, where they were gathering public information about plots that terrorist groups were organizing to carry out outrageous attacks on the island nation. René and Fernando González already served their sentences and are now free in Cuba, but Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ailín’s father, Ramón, are still behind bars in the United States.

In the next few hours, young Ailín will travel to Huancayo in what is her second visit to Peru because in 2009 she took part in the 10th Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba which then was held in the historical city of Cusco.

The 15th Meeting will open tomorrow in Huancayo and a variety of topics will be discussed among which a demand to put an end to the infamous US blockade on Cuba and the case of the Cuban Five will top the agenda.

The Houses of Friendship with Cuba and the Peruvian Committee in Solidarity with the Cuban Five will read reports on the actions they have been doing as well as their youth arm and their intellectuals.

Besides, participants will be updated on the real situation facing Cuba nowadays and will decide which actions they might take in Peru, a country with a long tradition of solidarity with the Caribbean country.

This same solidarity was recently showed up by President Ollanta Humala, who while addressing to the UN General Assembly in September he asked to end the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade on the island country. In this respect, the Peruvian Parliament also passed a multi-party motion backing up Cuba.

As another proof of solidarity, Peru voted ‘Yes’ to a resolution presented by Cuba at the UN General Assembly demanding to lift the U.S. unilateral measure, which has been enforced for over 50 years. (Prensa Latina/Radio Cadena Agramonte).

October 1, 2014


Mr. President Obama October first, 2014
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20500 (USA)

Mr. President

For how long, Mr. President, are you going to keep the three Cuban patriots, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino et Gerardo Hernández, locked up in prison?
For how long, Mr. President, are these three men who, without weapons, risking their lives, worked to thwart terrorist attacks committed against their country, with the guilty complaisance of the United States government, going to be imprisoned?
For how long, Mr. President, will Nobel Peace Prize holders, members of Parliament, jurists, intellectuals, artists, political leaders, union officials, clergymen and simple citizens, all over the world, have to solicit you for you to finally finish by liberating these three Cubans?
For how long, Mr. President, will we have to demonstrate to you, by “a+b”, the innocence of these three men, when you know fully well that they are not at all guilty?
For how long, Mr. President, are you going to keep Gerardo Hernández’s wife Adriana, who he hasn’t seen since he was arrested sixteen years ago, from being able to visit him?
For how long, Mr. President, is your country going to continue, in total impunity, playing worldwide policemen, scoffing at the Cuban people’s sovereignty?
This sinister farce, in which the victims are the five Cubans René González, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, is continuing today, with the last three. It has been going on for too long.
You cannot keep Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández locked up in prison any longer. The Cuban government has thrown you a line with the opportunity of a humanitarian exchange – wise up and catch it while it’s still time!
Please receive, Mr. President, the expression of my most sincere humanitarian sentiments.

Jacqueline Roussie
64360 Monein (France)

Translated by William Peterson

Copies sent to: Mrs. Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathryn Ruemmler and to Mr. Joe Biden, John F. Kerry, Rand Beers, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Denis MacDonough, Neil Eggleston, Rick Scott, and Charles Rivkin, United States ambassador in France.

We Will Never Give up Denouncing the Injustice, Says René Gonzàlez

September 10, 2014


Lisbon (Prensa Latina) Cuban hero René González, who is attending today a Festival of the Communist journal Avante, said his priority is to fight for the release of his three comrades still in U.S. prisons.

Rene, along with Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Gerardo Hernandez, were arrested in the United States in September, 1998, and subject to a trial plagued with irregularities and given unfair, harsh prison sentences for monitoring Miami-based violent groups operating against Cuba.

Rene and Fernando are back in Cuba after fully serving their prison sentences, but Ramon, Gerardo and Antonio remain in prison.
“We wil never give up the right to continue denouncing the injustice that has been committed,” said Rene in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, the full version of which we are posting here now:
PL: The Cuban Five were arrested nearly 16 years ago in Miami and given harsh sentences. Could you refer to the circumstances under which the trial was conducted?
Rene: The trial was carried out in an atmosphere that could be compared to a Roman circus. A frightening atmosphere of overwhelming propaganda against The Cuban Five which was orchestrated by journalists secretly paid by the U.S. government. It was held in Miami, which was wrong, as this is the only place in the world where you were unable to get an impartial jury to have a fair trial.
This has been acknowledged by human rights bodies, which said the trial was in violation of all international regulations, including the U.S. Constitution.
PL: What has helped you be so firm through all these years?
René: I think it is the morale. Knowing that we had morale in facing the prosecutors that they will never have gave us strength. Besides the justice of what we had been doing. You cannot judge anyone for protecting human life, which is the most valuable asset.
That combination of factors has given us the necessary strength and will continue doing so, plus our formation as a result of our Revolution that taught us a commitment to human dignity.
PL: You and Fernando Gonzalez returned to your country, but three of your comrades are still in prison. What is their legal situation?
Rene: The legal solution rests on the judge to rule about the motion 2255 or habeas corpus that later, if needed, would go all over the winding road from the district court to the supreme court.
This is an extrajudicial appeal because all judicial appeals have been lodged already. The process got to the end when the supreme court arbitrarily refused to revise it.
What is important for the people to know is that this is a case determined by political reasons and their solution will be motivated by the political calculations to be made by the judge and the U.S. government.
Hence the importance we attach to solidarity and to demand the U.S. government to do justice.
As the case becomes a burden to them and keeping our comrades in prison turns into a heavier burden to them they will make the right political decision, which is to apply their laws to the 2255 and in this case the comrades will return to Cuba.
PL:Regarding world solidarity, what is your opinion about the fact that so many world figures and movements support the release of The Cuban Five?
René: First we have to thank all these people for all their solidarity. After hard work for many years the wall of silence of the media has been broken and many honest people worldwide have joined the cause of The Cuban Five. We need to boost solidarity, multiply it and above all launch it over Washington, over the U.S. establishment that in the end will have to make a decision and we need all that energy to focus on them so they make the right decision.
PL: If your attitude has been brave, so has been your family’s. I think this has also given you plenty of strength all this time.
Rene: Of course, the role of the family is invaluable. The wives, the children, our parents and siblings, all have played an important role in this struggle.
They have represented the cause abroad. We cannot forget that I left prison just a year and a half ago, but for 15 years our relatives fought the political and public battles.
And they have done it good, with great dignity. Every success has been a source of resistance for us. I think they are heroes in this story.
PL-¿How do you feel back in your country?
René: I feel happy, fulfilled, honored, also because of the privilege that the Cuban people offer me every time we walk the streets of Havana and they come to us and greet us. I also feel committed to my three brothers who were in fact defending the Cuban people.
P: ¿What is your mission now?
Rene: My priority is to fight for my three comrades to be released and sent back to Cuba.

Elizabeth Palmeiro, wife of Ramón Labañino, gives her reflections on the Commission of Inquiry

March 13, 2014


The wife of Ramón Labañino, one of the three Cuban heroes remaining imprisoned in the United States, felt many emotions during the two days of work of the Commission of Inquiry on the case of the Five that met in London march 7th and 8th. She noted that the documents with the preliminary opinion of the three judges directed to U.S. President Barack Obama to pardon Ramon, Tony and Gerardo.

Speaking to the Radio Rebelde, Elizabeth said by telephone from the British capital that at the end of the conference the judges issued an extensive document, denouncing irregularities in the trial process. The judges clarified though that there was still more work to be done on the Commission findings.

The judges will send their findings to the US President and U.S. authorities, and other nations, so that they may know the truth about the violations that occurred during the trial process of the

Five Cuban antiterrorist fighters, only two of whom, René González and Fernando González, have returned to Cuba after serving their unjust punishment.

The three Jurors of the commission of inquiry were Yogesh Sabharwal, former head Justice of India, Zac Jacoob, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Phillipe Texier, French court appeal judge, who heard solid evidence presented to evaluate and consider their final opinion.

Various lawyers attended the London Commission denounced irregularities in the process and conclusions of the trial process in Miami, the isolation that the defendants were subjected to, the violations of family visits and the barriers put in their way to obtaining full counsel for their defence.

There were strong allegations presented directly by René Gonzalez (delivered via the Internet as the

British government had denied a visa to Rene at the last minute), relatives of the Five, lawyers and

victims of terrorism against Cuba, said Elizabeth, who also gave her testimony to the Commission.

During the sessions Mirta Rodríguez (mother of Antonio Guerrero) received a call from her son and it was exciting to hear Tony ‘s voice, said the wife of Ramón Labañino .

The Commission has been very important to denounce the injustice and to reach more people in the world. “Unfortunately only the Voices of the Five were freed to be presented rather than the men themselves who were still in jail” she said, adding that the Commission also exposed the terrorist actions against Cuba” that led our families to undertake their missions”.

The Five, Heroes of the Republic of Cuba, risked their lives to monitor Cuban terrorist groups in Florida from where for years they have organised violent actions against the people of Cuba.

Elizabeth spoke from London where she participated in the Commission alongside representatives from 27 countries who “they have filled us with friendship, thanks and love, and have showed us everything from their countries in the struggle for justice”.

On the Friday evening there was a huge artistic gala presented in one of London’s largest concert halls where 2000 people heard performances from Eliades Ochoa and Omara Portuondo, stars of Cuban music. They also heard famous British actors who read fragments of letters and poems of the Five, with expression and deep feeling.

Many there were attracted to the Cuban music and were finding out for the first time about the case of the Five. We were surprised to find how they identified with the cause and some even cried listening to the readings.

The Commission has been a long battle. We hope that we will not have to participate in another similar action because they will be released, but if necessary, we will continue to fight until the Five are back home in Cuba.

(Written by: Iliana Garcia Giraldino/Always Cuba)

(Translated Cuba Solidarity Campaign)

Media Silence on Cuban Anti-terrorists” Case Denounced

January 14, 2014

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Havana, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban antiterrorist fighter Rene Gonzalez posted at the website Voices for the Five that the legal process he and his four compatriots have lived through since 1998 is one of the most silenced events in the history of the United States.
Gonzalez stated in his message that the trial against him, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando Gonzalez was deliberately hidden from the U.S. people by large media corporations.

The trial was minimized despite being one of the longest ever in the United States, related to issues such as terrorism, charge of conspiracy to commit murder, and the direct implications for relations between Washington and Havana, Gonzalez stated.

The sentences of the Cuban Five, as these men are internationally known, are described as unjust by more than 3,500 messages posted at, responding to the fact that they were punished for preventing terrorist actions against Cuba sponsored by groups based in Miami.

Rene Gonzalez, who is in Cuba after completing his prison sentence and renouncing his U.S. citizenship, thanked the website’s subscribers for their support to the case of the Five and the initiative to organize an International Commission of Inquiry in London, to investigate the case.

The commission, to be held on March 7-8, will be essential to breaking the wall of silence built around the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, and to showing the world the violations and injustice committed during the judicial process, he said.

This project is supported by 100 figures from various walks of life around the world, who will try to show the world the reality about terrorism and the real struggle against it.

Among the activities scheduled for those days are statements by Rene Gonzalez, relatives of his four compatriots who remain imprisoned, and a review of the evidence in the case by a panel of recognized lawyers.

You and We Are the Five, Cuban Antiterrorist Fighter Says

October 21, 2013


Athens, Oct 20 (Prensa Latina) The 8th Regional Meeting of Cuban Residents in Europe ended emotional and unexpectedly here today with the words of the antiterrorist fighter Ramon Labañino addressed to the participants from his captivity in the prison in Kentucky, United States.
The voice, heard by telephone, of one of the Five, as they are known in the campaign for their release, sounded amplified at an assembly hall that was in silence and shocked at the unexpected communication, brought to fruition by his daughter Aili, attending the meeting.

“You are also the Five, as we are,” said Ramon to his listeners, and expressed gratitude to everyone for the work the international movement of solidarity is carrying out for his release, and the need to stand together to continue fighting for Cuba.

Of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in the United States since 1998 to prevent terrorist actions organized on American soil against their homeland, only Rene Gonzalez has been capable of returning to Cuba, after 13 years in prison.

Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, and Antonio Guerrero are still serving harsh sentences in prison.

Participants in the meeting unveiled a bust to Jose Marti and laid a wreath. The monument was made by Cuban artist Felix Madrigal Echemendia, and will be located at an Athenian square where other Latin American heroes’ sculptures are placed.

Global Solidarity Energizes Cuban Antiterrorists’ Relatives

Aili Labañino, daughter of one of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly condemned in the United States and invited to the 8th Regional Meeting of Cuban Residents in Europe, held here, talked with Prensa Latina after the event ended.
Her participation in this event was not only used to recognize and encourage the Cuban emigres to continue their struggle for the Five, as they are known worldwide, but to bring the voice of her father, Ramon Labañino, who addressed the participants over the telephone from his prison in Kentucky, United States.

How Ramon did to an excited audience, Aili also thanked the international movement of solidarity for the work as “it has filled us an energy that as relatives and individuals we need.”

Labañino’s eldest daughter said that to have that hope, transmitted by “many people in the world and many Cubans outside Cuba, as foreigners doing for Cuba,” which as her dad expressed, “make us think that there is not long to go as the beginning so the four antiterrorist fighters will be released.”

As a relative of one of the Five, Aili explained that along with her everyday life, such as any other Cuban, she is ” responsibility for representing them wherever we go, and of course the responsibility for being best Cubans, better people and try to be like them from the human and revolutionary viewpoint.”

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