9th Colloquium for the Five
exposition Yo me muero como viví, comprising
15 watercolors in which one of the Five, Antonio
Guerrero, captures moments of the first months of
their unjust and cruel imprisonment, was a strong
preamble to the 9th International Colloquium for the
Liberation of the Five and Against Terrorism, which
began November 12 with friends of Cuba from all
parts of the world.
open the cell doors.
Tony Guerrero’s paintings were
supplemented by anecdotes contributed by the other
anti-terrorist fighters, giving those present a full
idea of the moral dimension which has made it
possible for them to resist and become symbols of
the struggle against the hostility revealed by the
vengeful attitude of imperialism given its failure
to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
After touring the exhibition, Evelio
Quevedo Fernández, representative of the Cuba-nos
por Cuba Group (based in Sweden) and a member of the
International Committee for the Five, said that the
colloquium must concentrate on the organization and
promotion of actions within the United States, where
the system is doing everything possible to have the
case of the Five ignored.
He recalled his participation in the
recent Five Days for the 5, organized in the U.S.
capital, where he perceived the wall of silence
imposed. "The scant knowledge of the situation of
the imprisoned compañeros can be seen in the
people and politicians, as we were able to confirm
in dozens of meetings with Congress members."
He affirmed, "Their cells will only
be opened when everyone knows the truth. For that
reason those of us who were in Washington made every
effort to explain the details of the case. We also
gave out postcards and organized other propaganda
actions. The march on the White House was very
Among the greatest obstacles to be
overcome in the United States is the position of the
media, which he described as right wing. "They
manipulate and omit realities. The problem is Cuba
and what it represents," Quevedo emphasized.
Cuba sings for its
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
Comments delivered by René
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Ramón Labañino Salazar
Fernando González Llort
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.