Madrid, Oct 15.- Urgent calls for the release of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States since 1998 were heard in a moving concert at Galileo Galilei Hall in this capital.
In a gala that lasted almost until midnight Monday, musicians from Cuba and Spain joined voices to support the Cuban Five, as Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino are known worldwide.
The concert, organized by the Madrid Committee to Free the Five, was part of the international conference that began on September 12 to commemorate the anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of these men.
The evening began with renowned Spanish singer German Coppini, who dedicated several of his performances to the cause of those fighting terrorism and to denouncing the more than half-century old blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.
Before the crowded auditorium, the Iberian composer also played works from Silvio Rodriguez and the Uruguayan Daniel Viglietti.
Coppini was followed by the Cuban Ismael de la Torre, who played pieces from Vicente Feliu, Silvio Rodriguez and the poem “Desde la soledad de mi ventana” (From the solitude of my window), written by Antonio Guerrero and set to music by the young singer.
The evening’s end was marked by the Cuban musician Orlis Pineda who sang emblematic Cuban ballads as well as his own compositions, including the song “Five reasons,” which he wrote several years ago in tribute to Gerardo, Antonio, Rene, Ramon and Fernando.
The famous Spanish singer Luis Eduardo Aute was also scheduled to perform, but was forced to cancel due to a last minute adjustment in the schedule for his tour to Mexico. In a letter to the organizers, Aute expressed full solidarity with the activity, demanding the immediate release of the five patriots and their return to Cuba.
The Cuban Five were arrested on September 12, 1998 in the U.S. city of Miami and in an irregular trial held there in 2001, received sentences ranging from two life sentences to 15 years.
Many celebrities and world organizations have defended these fighters who concentrated on monitoring violent activities of extremist Cuban groups in Florida, in order to alert their country about planned terrorist acts.
The concert was attended by Cuba’s ambassador in Spain, Alejandro Gonzalez, as well as diplomats from several Latin American countries. (Prensa Latina).