Cuba sings for its
Amelia Duarte de
la Rosa & Michel Hernández /
PHOTOS: Yander Zamora
couldn’t be any other way. Five innocent Cubans have
completed 15 years of unjust imprisonment in the
United States, five Cubans who left everything
behind to protect the life and tranquility of an
entire country. Thousands of Havana residents are
fully aware of this and added their voices to those
of some 30 artists to the demand that the U.S.
government immediately free these anti-terrorist
In attendance at the concert,
with thousands of Havana residents,
were Miguel Díaz-Canel, Mercedes
López Acea, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla,
as well as family members of the Five.
The concert for our Five entitled
‘15 years of injustice is enough’ began with the
words of one of these heroes, René González, and was
attended by Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel;
Mercedes López Acea, secretary of the Communist
Party of Cuba in Havana; and Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodríguez Parrilla, among other leaders and family
members of the Five.
In his remarks, René called upon
people of good will around the world to stand in
solidarity with his brothers arbitrarily held in the
United States and demand ever more strongly that
they be freed to return to their families, to their
country and their people.
The crowd’s applause, and the Cuban
flags which waved throughout the concert, welcomed
messages from Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero,
Ramón Labañino and Fernando González, who reiterated
their will to struggle on and their confidence that
the people will continue the campaign to let the
world know about the injustice committed in their
case which continues,15 years after it began.
performing included Silvio Rodríguez,
Fernández and Danny Rivera.
events throughout the country
took place in all the country’s provinces and
municipalities with the intention of sending a
message to the U.S. government to release the five
anti-terrorists heroes detained 15 years ago in that
• 15 Years is
UNDER the maxim 15 Years is Enough!,
the International Encounter of Solidarity for the
Freedom of the Five concluded September 12 in Havana
with a commitment to intensify actions to secure the
liberation of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters.
• Voices for the
a burning sun, right at midday on September 12, a
group of activists gathered outside the White House
to demand that U.S. President Barack Obama
immediately release the Five.