Events in the U.S.
to denounce continued imprisonment of Cuban anti-terrorists,
15 years after their arrest
At least eight public events will take place
September 11-17 in Washington, D.C., New York and
Boston to denounce the imprisonment of the Cuban
Five, 15 years after their arrest.
A vigil in front of the White House;
the launching of a tour by Canadian author Stephen
Kimber to promote his book What Lies Across the
Water; disseminating the true story of the Cuban
Five and lobbying Congress are all part of the
The activities were organized to put
pressure on the U.S. government to end this
injustice, according to the International Committee
for the Freedom of the Five, as Gerardo Hernández
Nordelo, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Antonio Guerrero
Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort and René González
Sehwerert are known.
September 12 is the 15th anniversary
of their arrest and protests will take place around
the world in front of U.S. embassies, the solidarity
The White House vigil will begin at
12 noon this day, to demand that President Barack
Obama immediately release Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio
and Fernando, who remain in federal prisons.
Joining the International Committee’s
call in the United States are the All-African People’s
Revolutionary Party, African Awareness Association,
ANSWER Coalition, Code Pink, DC Metro Coalition to
Free the Cuban Five, DC Labor Chorus, International
Action Center, Institute for Policy Studies,
Socialist Workers Party and Takoma Park Committee to
Free the Cuban Five, among others.
In addition to other activities in
New York, Antonio’s Guerrero’s exposition Yo me
muero como viví (I Will Die As I Have Lived) is
The show includes 15 watercolors
representing the 17 months the Five spent in
solitary confinement, after their arrest during the
dawn hours of September 15, 1998.
Gerardo Hernández was sentenced to
double life plus 15 years in a maximum security
prison in California; Ramon Labañino, 30 years;
Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, 21 years, 10 months and
five years on parole; and Fernando González, 17
years and nine months, which he will complete in
The fifth member of the group, René
González, completed his 15-year sentence in 2011 and
was released under conditions of supervised liberty.
After renouncing his U.S. citizenship, he was
allowed to remain definitively in Cuba.
The Five had as their mission
warning their country of violent attacks being
planned and financed in South Florida by groups
functioning with impunity there for more than 50
In May of 2005, a panel of United
Nations experts defined the arrest of these men as
arbitrary and called for their release, but the
United States government continues to ignore this
demand. (PL) •