March for the
• CONVENED by the Cuban Union of
Writers and Artists (UNEAC), the Solidarity with the
Five Committee and the Cuban Friendship Institute, a
notable representation of Havana residents marched
to the José Martí Anti-Imperialist Tribunal to
demand the liberation of Cubans Fernando, Ramón,
Gerardo and Antonio, unjustly incarcerated in U.S.
prisons. The march coincided with the 15th
anniversary of their arrest.
ended at the Monte de las
Banderas in the Anti-Imperialist Tribunal.
The event, attended by Armando Hart
Dávalos, director of the Martí Program Office and
president of the José Martí Cultural Society; Miguel
Barnet, member of the Communist Party Central
Committee and president of UNEAC; René González and
family members of the Cuban Heroes, once again
confirmed the will of the Cuban people to demand the
immediate return of their sons to the homeland.
"This demonstration is to give an
impulse to the return of the others," Olga Salanueva,
René’s wife, commented to Granma. "What is happening
here today is a wave of hope. Really, our hope is
solidarity, it is the petition of our people so that
this event is transmitted to the world and so that
it reaches the President of the United States and
the people, who can understand our pain. Today we
feel much stronger because we have seen this
response," stated Maruchi, Tony Guerrero’s sister.
The Anti-Imperialist Tribunal facing
the U.S. Interests Section in Havana welcomed the
group Yoruba Andabo and children and adult
repentista musical groups, whose messages
animated those participating.
Luis Paz Esquivel, Papillo, director
of the Ibero-American Décima and Improvised Verse
Center, commented to Granma on the
spectacular children’s performance. "I think that
the leading role played by young children is
evidence of the promotion and transmission of the
finest values. They have always been in these events
since the fight for the return of the child Elián
[González]. This is the most convincing evidence
that they possess cultural values. This gesture of
patriotism, of the sense of belonging to a cause,
heard in the voices of children, is something which
says a lot about the future of the homeland."
CONCERTS THROUGHOUT CUBA
At 6:00pm on September 12, a total
of 104 musical bands and 22 choirs from across the
country performed in parks and musical institutes to
demand the return to the homeland and their families
of Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando.
On this 15th anniversary of their
arrest and imprisonment in the United States a
message of love and solidarity was sent through
music to the U.S. government and the world. It also
affirmed, Enough! their people and René are waiting
Fill Cuba with
yellow ribbons on September 12
Address by René
González, anti-terrorist fighter and Hero of the
Republic of Cuba, on Cuban television, September 3,
I have acted in
accordance with my principles
Fernando González Llort
celebrated his 50th birthday, August 18th. He was
only 35 years of age on Saturday, September 12,
1998, when, during the dawn hours, the FBI arrested
him, but they have not been able to destroy his
René no longer a
SINCE Thursday, May 9 at 2:00pm,
René González Sehwerert is "just a Cuban patriot."
At that time, in Havana’s U.S. Interests Section
(USIS), he received the document certifying his
renunciation of U.S. citizenship, a procedure which
will allow him to remain in Cuba.