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Solidarity with Cuban Five in U.S. Congress

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Havana, Apr 26.- Activists from many nations made contact in the Capitol with 45 senators or members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who received information about the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons.

The lobby in the U.S. Congress was the stage of a international solidarity campaign with Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, which was called “Five Days for the Five” and of which Washington was the focus on April 17-18 to express support for the support of the Five, as they are known worldwide.

The Five were detained in 1998 for monitoring violent Miami-based groups acting against Cuba.

Prensa Latina talked in Havana with Alicia Jrapko, coordinator of the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five, about the days experienced in the U.S. capital.

When we began the calls to the Capitol for the event, we could not imagine the result, the possibility to take the case to 45 legislators’ offices, something very difficult because you cannot reach them without a previous coordination and least of all to talk about any issue related to Cuba, Jrapko said.

According to Jrapko, two working teams, comprising activists from the United States, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Honduras, are in charge of contacting the lawmakers.

Three of them received us in person, the other contacts were with members of their offices, a very positive experience if we consider that we achieved the goal to open the Capitol doors for a first time and with a high level of coordination, she stated.

Jrapko said that the legislators or assistants, mostly from the Democratic Party, receive a package with statements from international agencies and figures in favor of the return to Cuba of Gerardo, Rene, Ramon, Antonio and Fernando. (Prensa Latina)

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