Cindy Sheehan highlights case of the Cuban Five in Dublin on International Women’s Day
Dublin, 8th March: Cindy Sheehan finished her tour of Ireland to highlight the case of the Cuban Five with a public meeting organized by the Amnesty International Society in Trinity College, Dublin where a group of students and activists listened to her denunciations of the war mongering tendencies of the United States and the injustice perpetrated against the Cuban Five by the same government.
Earlier in the day she addressed a meeting organized by the Cuba Solidarity Forum of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU).
Cindy’s first event on International Women’s Day was a meeting with members of the Irish legislature where she held a question and answer session for the members of the Irish government about her peace actions against the war In Iraq after her son was killed on duty there.
The case of the five Cuban anti-terrorists, four of whom are incarcerated in US prisons and the fifth is serving a three year supervised probation in Miami after his release last October, sparked a lot of interest amongst the audience.
At a private meeting with Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, Cindy Sheehan heard that the party leader has several time brought the plight the Cuba Five to the attention of prominent US government members.
Saturday March 10th, Sheehan goes to Stockholm invited by the local campaign to free the Cuban Five where several events are organized over the next few days.
Cindy Sheehan Brings Case of Cuban Five to Irish Nobel Peace Laureates
Belfast and Derry, March 7th: Cindy Sheehan met with Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire and John Hume during a packed two day visit to Belfast and Derry. Hosted by the Peace House in Belfast, Cindy spoke at a public meeting and introduced audience to the injustice perpetrated against the Five Cuban anti-terrorists fighters.
Peace Laureate Maguire called for an end to the suffering of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and their families. She pointed out that they should be released immediately and permission should be granted by US authorities to allow Rene to return to Cuba to see his gravely ill brother, Roberto Gonzalez.
Cindy also launched the Cuban Five mural at the international wall in Belfast accompanied by Jimmy Kelly, president of the trade union Unite and Danny Devanny who pained the mural which was commissioned by the Cuba Support group in Belfast.
John Hume welcomed Cindy Sheehan to his home in Derry and although not well, a very pleasant meeting ensued where John gave Cindy lots of information about the difficult peace process that eventually ended in the Good Friday Agreement, the beginning of the end of the war in Northern Ireland. John Hume received the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in the negotiations that brokered the peace in Northern Ireland in 1998.