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Greetings from the Cuban 5 to the Cuban people

Fernando, Ramon, Antonio, Gerardo and Rene congratulated Cuban people on the 52nd anniversary of the Revolution.

Cuban Five’s message was published by Granma newspaper on Saturday.

The five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States since 1998 congratulated their people on the 52nd anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.

Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez are currently serving harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to double life terms for informing on terrorist plans by anti-Cuban groups in that northern country.

“From five distant prisons, we receive a new year accompanying your struggles and hopes, in times of special resonance for the future of the homeland in whose construction, today more than ever, we want to be physically with you,” Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, said in a message published by Granma newspaper on Saturday.

“The challenge we face is enormous, because imperialism,” referring to the United States, “will only give up trying to strangle us if we give in or if once and for all, we build, through our own efforts, a society invulnerable to their attacks,” Gonzalez stated.

Antonio Guerrero, who sent a poem, wished success for the people in completing their vital, urgent tasks in defense of the socialist project built with so much love, heroism and sacrifice. Fernando Gonzalez said in his letter that 2011 will be a year for improvement, after the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Draft Party Program were recently discussed in the Parliament, to be subsequently analyzed in the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba(PCC).

Ramon Labañino said in his letter that unity is strength, as a way to continue winning battles, while stating that the PCC Congress would be another important victory for socialism.

“For our part, this past year a small but unjust sentence reduction for several of us, while the Five are kept in disgraceful confinement, especially our brother Gerardo, for whom the evil is at its worst,” Labañino stated.                           

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