Solidarity with the Cuban 5 in the Canary Islands and France

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 4 (acn) The town council of Gran Canaria declared itself today at Las Palmas to be in favor of the release of the five Cuban antiterrorists incarcerated in the United
States since 1998.

After receiving Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, -two of The Five- Roman Rodriguez, Vice-president of the government of that island of the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, spoke with the two Cuban women.

The leader described as arbitrary the arrest of the Cuban patriots, who are serving unfair sentences in the US for warning their country against violent actions.

Rodriguez, accompanied by Carmelo Ramirez, Minister for Cooperation and International Solidarity, asserted that the case of Rene, Gerardo, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez is an injustice, adding that they condemned to harsh sentences in spite of the fact that they never put the US national security at risk.

During the meeting, the officials of the insular government took an interest in Gerardo’s descent, the mother of which, who died in 2009, emigrated from Gran Canaria to Cuba in the 1940’s, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Coinciding with the first visit of the wives of Rene and Gerardo to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples (TPP) declared today to be in favor of the immediate release of the Cuban antiterrorists, and supports the demand in that regard made public a year ago by the American Association of Jurists.

In response to a request by the Platform of the Canary Islands for Solidarity with the Peoples, which along with the Committee of the Canary Islands for Solidarity with Cuba coordinate the tour of Olga and Adriana, the TPP joined that international demand to the US government.

Since the beginning of their visit to Spain, which began at the Basque Country, Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez have been interviewed by a large number of media outlets of the two autonomous communities. 

For his part, French journalist Maurice Lemoine asserts in the most recent edition of the monthly Le Monde Diplomatique that the five Cuban heroes were condemned to sentences challenging human understanding. 

On this occasion, Lemoine shared with readers an aspect of the trial not very much dealt with: the manipulation of the Miami press and its fundamental role in the conditioning of public opinion and of the members of the jury. 

Lemoine, who is also the author of the novel “Five Cubans in Miami: The secret war of the United States against Cuba,” explains why the US and European mainstream have remained silent for so long, the www.cubaminrex.cu Web site reported.

It denounces once again the violations of the human rights of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero since the very moment of their arrest, while it unmasks the complicity of the Miami media with the terrorist organizations operating from that territory against Cuba.

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