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Activities in Washington DC on the 16th Anniversary of the Arrest of the Cuban 5

June 18, 2014



It is important that after the success of the Third “5 Days for the Cuban 5”
we keep the pressure up on the Obama Administration by being a presence in Washington DC on the anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández.

Solidarity activities will take place all over the world on this day of infamy. The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 will be organizing the following activities:

Thursday September 11: Follow up visits to Capitol Hill.
Friday September 12: Picket line in front of the White House at noon.
Saturday September 13: Public Forum with updates analysis on Cuba and the Cuban 5
More information to come

The struggle continues until justice is done

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Anti-terrorists Journe Brings Together Parliamentarians in Washington

June 9, 2014

Foto: Hackwell, Bill

Washington, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Legislators from a dozen countries traveled to Washington to join their voices today to demand freedom for the three Cuban anti-terrorists still confined in Us jails and in support of Cuba.

The Cuban Five Day will mark, with a parliamentarians meeting, the growing movement of support that also gathers unionists, lawyers, writers, religious people, artists and personalities from different fields who claims an early solution to the case of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino.

For this Sunday is also expected that the people attending the solidarity meeting will pay tribute to Chilean foreign minister during the government of the Popular Unity, Orlando Letelier, in the same place that he was murdered in Washington in 1976.

Letelier was assassinated by the explosion of a remote-controlled bomb, which was placed under the floor of the car in which he was traveling.

The attack also killed his US assistant, Ronni Moffit, and her husband was also injured, Michael Moffitt.

The investigation process determined that a group of Cubans led by agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) planned and executed the crime.

To curb these acts against their country the Cuban Five infiltrated groups based in southern Florida until they were arrested on September 12, 1998.

The Third Journey for the Cuban Five in Washington DC began on June 4, coinciding with the 49th birthday of Hernandez, who faces the most serious sentence: double life sentence plus 15 years.

This annual event, which ends on Wednesday, is aimed at increasing political pressure to solve the case, as from quintet only two, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, returned home after purging all of their penalties.

More People Join Solidarity Campaign for The Five in Washington

April 16, 2014


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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