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Havana, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The upcoming event in Washington D.C. for the Cuban anti-terrorists imprisoned in the United States “will be the most important in support of their cause during 2013, right in the heart of the empire,” said a solidarity group today.
Many well known intellectuals, writers, artists, lawyers, union members, religious leaders and friends in solidarity will attend the meeting scheduled from May 30th to June 5th, said the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five. This is the second “5 Days for the Cuban 5″ that the group has organized in Washington D.C.”
“Just looking at the number of possible participants, we noticed the huge draw that Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez have,” agreed Graciela Ramirez and Alicia Jrapko in a telephone interview with Prensa Latina news agency.
Jrapko, who is the group’s coordinator in the United States, highlighted that the campaign for the Cuban anti-terrorists (known as The Cuban Five) has a fresh impetus: Rene Gonzalez, one of the Five, is home again in Cuba.
Ramirez and Jrapko said that “Rene’s return to join his family only took place after he had completed his sentence.” Jrapko said “We cannot allow that to happen to the rest of them, otherwise Gerardo will never leave prison, since he was unfairly given two life sentences plus 15 years in prison.”
The activists acknowledged that while the Committee is the organizer, the event is being sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies and is supported by more than 50 organizations and individuals.
They recalled that this week of activities in the U.S. capital is the result of a call made in November, 2012, during the “8th Colloquium on the Freedom of the Five and Against Terrorism,” held in the Cuban province of Holguin.
Ramirez, also a coordinator for the International Committee confirmed that among the public figures invited are the legendary Afro-American fighter Angela Davis, the Latin American leader Dolores Huerta, the philosopher and European parliamentarian Gianni Vattimo, as well as the Chilean parliamentarians Hugo Gutierrez and Alejandro Navarro.
The former president of Mexican Senate, Yeidckol Polevnsky, the Nicaraguan diplomat Sofia Clark DÂ�Escoto, the Brazilian writer Fernando Morais, and the writer and journalist residing in France, Ignacio Ramonet, will also attend the meeting along with other well known jurists and human rights organizations.
On June 1st, a peaceful demonstration at the White House is scheduled, where activists from Quebec, Canada and different U.S. cities, including a large delegation of Cuban-Americans who live in Miami, will participate.
Arrested on September 12th, 1998, the Five monitored the movements of violent organizations and individuals of Cuban origin, who were planning and executing terrorist actions against Cuba like the ones that have caused more than 3,400 fatalities and more than 2,000 injuries over the past 50 years.
The call to free the Cuban Five has been echoed by politicians, artists, parliaments and 10 Nobel Prize winners, something that has been ignored by the U.S. government.
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