The text was announced during a
cultural-patriotic event in the Theological Seminary’s
Resurrection Chapel, in this city 100km east of
Havana, on May 14.
"The Five are not a number; theirs
is a cause. It is Cuba’s cause and Cuba’s cause is
the patriotic struggle of all Cuban men and women
for the country’s full independence and sovereignty,"
states the document, read during the event by
Yamilka González, a Seminary student.
The message commented that the "philosophy"
of economic, commercial and financial blockade
toward Cuba, "has always been an attempt to
overthrow the state, the Cuban Revolution," which
has been as violent as it has been unsuccessful.
Reverend Pablo Odén Marichal, deputy
and coordinator of the Platform, explained that its
foundation on October 7, 2011, was inspired by the
example of love, unity and devotion of the Five in
their struggle for peace and justice, against
"The Five have taught us, as a
people, as a society, the true meaning of José
Martí’s ideas about world equilibrium," he added.
After participating in the event,
Irma Sehwerert, mother of René González, emphasized
to the press, "We very much need to break through
the wall of silence surrounding the case and reach
the people of the United States. We are going to
continue struggling harder than ever."
Magalys Llort, Fernando’s mother,
said that René’s release "gives us strength to
continue the fight, so that the remaining four can
The activity was opened with words
of welcome from Seminary Rector Reinerio Arce, and
included cultural performances by traditional
trova musicians, readings of Antonio’s
Guerrero’s poem "Regresaré" and of texts written by
Gerardo and René. (PL)