Cuban News Agency
Havana, Cuba, Mar 9.- The release of the five Cuban antiterrorists unfairly incarcerated in the United States was demanded in the Bulgarian city of Pernik, during a ceremony on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
Attending the meeting, headed by Mayor Rositza Yanakieva and organized by the town hall and the office of the Bulgaria-Cuba Friendship Association in that city, was Teresita Capote, Cuban ambassador to that European nation.
During the ceremony, writer and poet Lechezar Elenkov read a poem by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five, and Yordanka Jrístova delighted participants with her songs, Cuban diplomatic sources reported.
Likewise, the increase of actions in solidarity with Guerrero and his comrades in struggle -Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez- was underlined.
These patriots were arrested on September 12, 1998, in Miami, and condemned –in a biased trial- to harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to two life imprisonments.
Capote explained the deciding role international solidarity plays to achieve the release of The Five, incarcerated for warning their people about criminal actions organized by Florida-based anti-Cuban groups.
In May, Sofia hosted the 15th European Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, in which the support for the island in its struggle against the US blockade was reaffirmed and the release of The Five was demanded, officials of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples recalled. (ACN)