Europeans Demand Release of Cuban Five
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 1 (acn)
Solidarity-with-Cuba Asociations from Portugal, Spain and
Bulgaria claimed the immediate release of the five Cuban
antiterrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in the US since 1998.
The associations PortoComCuba, from Portugal, and Francisco
Villamil, Spain,agreed to develop joint initiatives to
denounce the unfair incarceration of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene
Gonzalez, Ramon LabaŮino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando
Gonzalez, known by the international campaign for their
release as the Cuban Five, Prensa Latina reported.
The commitment is included in a motion passed in Santiago de
Compostela, Galicia, where about a hundred members of both
associations met to discuss actions to spread the truth and
break the media silence about the case.
The Cuban Five were arrested in 1998 in Miami and sentenced
in 2001 in a biased trial held in that American city. The
five were condemned to harsh terms ranging from 15 years in
prison to two life terms for screening anti-Cuban terrorist
organizations bades in Florida.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 signatures were collected in
Bulgaria to demand U.S. President Barack Obama to release
the Cuban Five, says a press release by Cuban Foreign
Ministry posted at its website www.cubaminrex.cu.
The Cuban embassy in Sofia served as venue for a meeting of
the Bulgaria-Cuba Friendship Association chaired by Stanka
Shopova, the groupís president. The meeting tackled the
theme of the Cuban Five and the European campaign to collect
one million signatures to demand the freedom of the Cuban
In Jamaica, the alternative digital magazine YESCUBA, edited
by Jamaicaís solidarity-with-Cuba organizations bearing the
same name, published its 25th issue which provides broad
information about the case of the Cuban Five, according to a
report at www.cubaminrex.cu.
The publication contains a feature article about the visit
to Kingston, in May, of Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez,
wives of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, respectively.
Both women were part of the Cuban delegation that
participated in the International Ecumenical Meeting for
Peace summoned by the World Council of Churches.