"We won the trial"
Closing the ‘Five Days for the Five’
event in Washington, Hero of the Republic René
González spoke with participants via a
González, one of the five Cuban anti-terrorists
prosecuted in the United States, described the trial
he faced with Gerardo, Antonio, Fernando and Ramón
as "an act of vengeance."
Adriana Pérez, wife of
Gerardo (left) and Kenia Serrano,
president of the Cuban Friendship
Institute, participated in the
videoconference from Havana.
Photos: ALBERTO BORREGO
Participating in the June 3
videoconference between Havana and Washington, he
recalled the many irregularities which occurred
during the legal proceedings.
"This is not a case in which someone
made a mistake in the application of the law," René
said, "We are talking about a deliberate, methodical,
calculated effort to violate the entire justice
"We won the trial," he affirmed, "Every
one of the appeals were won and those who were
responsible for their application have made a
mockery of their own laws, of the evidence and the
facts, time and time again."
The decorated Hero of the Republic
recalled that, during the trial, journalists were
paid to not only manipulate the truth but to act as
spokespersons for the prosecution.
"The use that was made of the press
in our case is something never before seen. The
journalists even attempted to threaten the jury,
filming their automobile license plates. The jury
made complaints that they were afraid of the press,"
At the same time he explained that
U.S. journalists have been given orders to avoid
talking about the Five. "It is shameful that within
a society that talks so much about freedom of the
press, orders have been given not to mention the
case, a case in which we all know generals and
presidential advisors testified, in which terrorism
and U.S. national security were discussed."
Emphasizing the contradiction, René
mentioned a trial some years ago in which a woman
was accused of killing her daughter and "people took
vacation to go to court, the press was bombarding
the public with the issue."
He also recalled that as an
alternative to the legal process, an executive order
on the part of President Barack Obama to commute the
sentences is an available option. "All he needs is a
little courage," René emphasized, commenting that
there are forces within the U.S which hope to
prolong the situation, to maintain conflict between
the two countries.
"Given that this has always been a
political case, I believe that it is a political
decision, if they respect the law or continue to
make a mockery of it," he emphasized.
René thanked organizers of the ‘Five
Days for the Five’ for their efforts, saying, "It is
not easy to mobilize human sensitivity in a society
like that of the United States. A lot has been
accomplished; we have solidarity on all continents.
Now we must direct all of this solidarity toward the
United States," he said.
WORLDWIDE DEMAND TO FREE THE FIVE
Also participating in the
videoconference from Havana were Ricardo Alarcón,
member of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Political
Bureau, and families of the Cuban anti-terrorists.
The conference served as an opportunity to summarize
activities which took place around the world during
the five-day event.
Kenia Serrano, president of the
Cuban Friendship Institute, reported that while
initially activities were planned in 34 countries,
the number had increased to 55. "There has been an
international mobilization that the government in
Washington can no longer ignore," she said.
Alicia Jrapko, coordinator of the
U.S. committee, highlighted the participation in
Washington of Latin American parliamentarians, a
European Union deputy, writers, jurists, trade union
leaders, artists and a delegation of Cubans resident
"Our expectations have been
surpassed," she said, "For the first time,
parliamentarians visited the capitol to appeal for
the freedom of the Five and were received by members
Ignacio Ramonet, editor of Le
Monde Diplomatique, also in Washington, thanked
organizers for the opportunity to participate in the
event and described as a "scandal" the failure of
U.S. mass media to cover the activities which took
place, including a demonstration in front of the
He also addressed the inclusion of
Cuba on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism,
saying this shows that the U.S. developed list "has
no credibility whatsoever."
"From my point of view, the United
States is isolated, just as it is in maintaining the
"This event is a way to help U.S.
citizens become aware of the injustice which has
been committed," he concluded.