Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The Geller Foundation, in Philadelphia, granted here today the Nelson Mandela Award to the Cuban Five, three of whom are still prisoners in US jails.
The prize-giving ceremony was in charge of the director of the Center for Cuban Studies, Sandra Levinson, who highlighted the granting of this award to the Cuban Five and explained that this distinction is awarded to those who best exemplify the legacy of Mandela’s struggle.
During the ceremony held at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando Gonzalez thanked the granting of this award, which we accept as part of our commitment in the battle to bring back Gerardo Hernández, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, he said.
The also Vice President of ICAP announced that the amount of the prize- which was delivered in situ to the International Committee for the Liberation of the Five- will go to the fight for the return of these three Cubans to their country.
Meanwhile, René González said that he was honored by this award and he called to fight for the real legacy of Mandela’s life: in that spirit, we have to keep fighting against the injustices that still exist, which are many and brutal like the Israeli aggression that is perpetrated these days against the Gaza Strip, he said.
Likewise, Mirtha Rodríguez, Antonio Guerrero’s mother, expressed her gratitude for this award “to the nobility of the cause of the Five”, as she recognized the love of these men for a fair cause like the one they defend, she said.