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Cuban Anti-Terrorist Thanks Religious Groups for Their Solidarity with Cuban 5

May 25, 2013


Anti-terrorist fighter Rene Gonzalez thanked the many religious denominations in Cuba, Latin America and worldwide today for their solidarity and ongoing efforts to end the incarceration that four of his companions have suffered in the United States since 1998.

Gonzalez, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and Ramon Labañino, were arrested for warning their country about violent plans by terrorist groups operating on U.S. soil.

“We cannot forget that we still have four brothers undeservedly confined in U.S. prisons,” said Gonzalez, speaking to some 300 religious representatives from 20 countries participating in the 6th Latin American Council of Churches which opened here on Wednesday, May 22.

“They, as well as you, are defending the most precious thing known to man: life,” said Gonzalez, who called for continuing a tireless struggle to return the men to their people.

Rene Gonzalez, after completing his prison term, was forced to serve three years more of supervised release in the United States, but those conditions were modified by Judge Joan Lenard on May 3.

Lenard agreed to allow Gonzalez to remain in Cuba, in exchange for his renunciation of U.S. citizenship, a process that began with a certification issued by that country’s authorities on May 9.

Struggle For Peace and Justice

May 16, 2013


The Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas and the Cuban Pastoral Platform have carried out a meeting of Solidarity with the Cuban Five, for the family reunification of these antiterrorist fighters and the consolidation of the Cuban family’s unity
By: Hugo Garcia

MATANZAS. – The Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas and the Cuban Pastoral Platform carried out a meeting of solidarity with Gerardo, Ramon, Fernando, Antonio and Rene, for family reunification of these antiterrorist fighters and the consolidation of the Cuban family’s unity.

Rector of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, Dr.Reinerio Arce Valentin said at the Resurrection Chapel that the Cuban Five unjustly held in the US were working for peace and justice, against violence and terrorism: “Sooner than later the truth will come to light,” said Arce in his welcome speech.

Theology senior student Yamilka González read the proclamation Necessity for the family reunification of the Five, to put an end to an unnecessarily everlasting injustice.

“The Cuban Five are more than a mere number: It is the Cuban cause that represents the patriotic struggle of all Cubans for the complete independence and freedom of our country”, Yamilka said.

Coordinator of the Cuban Pastoral Platform, Reverend Pablo Odén Marichal spoke highly of the union of the seven religions established in Cuba, as well as institutions like the Cuban Yoga’s Association. The Cuban Five have achieved the religious unity that cannot be found in any other part of the world. Because of their example nobody in Cuba can lead the people into separation or division on the basis of doctrinal differences,” said Marichal.

“The Five have showed us the real meaning of Marti’s idea about the world balance. That’s why we support them and their relatives”, he added.

René’s mother Irma Schewerert, said that it is important to break the silence, and with her son joining the campaign for the release of his brothers, together with the press, the people in the US will become aware. “We have to draw Obama’s attention, so that he realizes that this is a big truth and a tremendous injustice”.

Fernando’s mother Magalis Llort said that, ideally, they will decide to free the four remaining in jail and not let them serve their sentences. “I would be happy to have Fernando back, but I would still be sad knowing that his comrades were still imprisoned.”

Various artists performed at the cultural patriotic meeting for the family reunification of the Five. The Matanzas Chamber Choir, directed by Dr. José Antonio Méndez; oral narrator Iliana Hernández recited Regresaré, a sonnet by Cuban Five Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, as well as solo guitarist Idelfonso Acosta and young singer-songwriter Rey Montalvo.

Translated by ESTI

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