The time in Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba.-The Miami-based Alianza Martiana Coalition has announced that a car caravan will take place on September 6th to demand the release of the three anti-terrorist Cubans still imprisoned in the United States.
It is our duty to continue to call for their release, according to the statement, which refers to the immediate freedom of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino and Antonio Guerrero, who along Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, already free in Cuba, were given unfair prison sentences in 2001 by a Miami court after the monitored Florida-based terrorist organizations.
Havana, Cuba.-The World Day of Solidarity with the Cuban Five and against Terrorism, the people will continue the struggle for the return of Ramón, Antonio and Gerardo, and the cessation of the crimes of imperialism, said Fernando Gonzalez, vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples.
At a press conference he added that there are many activities in solidarity with the anti-terrorism, citing among these seedlings in U.S embassies in different countries, marches and sending letters to President Obama. Graciela Ramirez, coordinator of the International Committee to Free the Five, said Thursday there will be nationwide sports activities, specifically the so-called "Juego Limpio por Fabio" with soccer games in various fields.
Havana, Cuba.-Groups dedicated to solidarity with Cuba are staging activities today in 38 nations to support the international campaign for the release of three Cubans who have remained imprisoned in the United States for the better part of two decades.
The initiative against terrorism and for the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero, will run until October 6. Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, highlighted the contribution from international solidarity groups in this regard.
She also stated that parallel to the Campaign will be the Tenth International Colloquium in support of the cause, taking place in Havana on September 11-12, for which more than 200 delegates from 49 countries have confirmed their attendance so far. Hernandez, Labañino and Guerrero, along with Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez (internationally known as the Cuban Five), were arrested by U.S. authorities in 1998, for preventing violent actions against Cuba that terrorist groups were planning and executing from U.S. territory.
Of the five, only Rene and Fernando have returned to Cuba after completing their sentences, while the remaining three remain prisoner, despite the international campaign calling for his release and return soon to the island.
The coordinator of the International Committee of Solidarity with the Cuban Five, Graciela Ramirez, recalled that the campaign will also include a vigil in front of the White House on September 12.
"We hope that this vigil to protest the unjust imprisonment of these men will be replicated with rallies in front of the U.S. embassies worldwide," Ramirez said, as she explained the various activities planned to demand the release of those Cubans.
Another feature is the exhibition of 16 Antonio Guerrero's watercolor paintings, "Absueltos por la Solidaridad" (Absolved Through Solidarity) that will also be displayed in Cuba, and as Fernando Gonzalez explained, the paintings reflect a number of moments the Cuban Five lived through during their legal process.
Other activities include a Twitter action, scheduled for September 8, aiming for the posting of at least 5,844 twitter messages demanding their release, a number equivalent to the number of days Hernandez, Guerrero and Labañino have spent in prison.
September 12 marks the end of the 16th year the man have spent in continuous confinement. Acts, marches and rallies will be held throughout the country, including a grand cultural gala on Sep. 12 on the steps at the University of Havana.