Gonzalez Sends Message to the Cuban People after Returning to the
Apr 18 (acn) Following a two-week visit granted on humanitarian
grounds to his ill brother in Cuba, Rene Gonzalez, one of the five
Cuban antiterrorists unjustly held in the United States since 1998
—who is currently under three years of probation after serving 13
years in U.S. prisons—, sent a message to the Cuban people after
returning last weekend to American territory.
message, Gonzalez thanks his compatriots for their solidarity
reiterates his determination to continue fighting for justice.
“My words are not aimed at those who expected to criticize me by
anticipating that my stay in Cuba would become a political act;
they do it now because it was an example of discretion. Nor are
at those who predicted that I would not return (to the U.S.) and
for the most diverse explanations. I’m just doing my essential
duty by a
people that perceived the relief of this parenthesis in time as
“As it was informed, the request for my trip to Cuba was made on
humanitarian grounds in accordance with the letter and spirit of
It was not a favor or a political request, but a situation
provided by the
law (…) This explains the low profile given to my visit to Cuba,
might have been surprising for some (…) who saw the possibility
public demonstrations of joy. The limitations imposed by the
nature of my
trip made it impossible for that, except for spontaneous moments
places in which my presence was inevitable for reasons related
gratefulness or past experiences; add to this, the time
to the meeting with my family and with my sick brother, which
cause of my trip,” Gonzalez explained.
“From my brief walks around our streets and the spontaneous
part of our people, I bring indelible memories that serve as
and give me strength,” the Cuban antiterrorist added.
“Back to the world of the absurd, I get ready to continue this
for justice. It was crucial that my behavior in Cuba were
moderated. It was unthinkable not to return to the U.S. I bring
heart the intense experience of the past fourteen days beside my
with whom we will celebrate the return of the Five one day (…)
of the Five, I repeat that we will never fail you and we will
of you,” concluded the message.