Call to increase
actions to free the Five
Nuria Barbosa León
9th International Colloquium for the Liberation of
the Five and Against Terrorism, which took place in
the eastern province of Holguín (November 13-17) and
was attended by 300-plus delegates from 51 countries,
ended with determination to win the struggle.
than 10,000 people from Holguín march
with participants in the 9th International
René González converses with Holguín
university students and Colloquium delegates.
The Final Declaration adopted by the
meeting emphasizes intensifying actions to clearly
disseminate the issue of the anti-terrorists
incarcerated in the United States and to demand that
President Barack Obama exercise his constitutional
powers to release Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino,
Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González.
On the final day a massive march and
Solidarity Tribunal was held with the participation
of 10,000 Holguín residents calling for the
liberation of the Five Cuban heroes.
During the event, former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark was awarded the
Republic of Cuba’s Order of Solidarity for his
outstanding work with civil rights movements, his
energetic demand for an end to the criminal U.S.
blockade and support of the Five.
Speaking to the press, Kenia
Serrano, president of the Cuban Friendship Institute
(ICAP), affirmed, "This is the largest gathering in
terms of nations participating at this Holguín event."
This was the first Colloquium held with the
participation of René González, one of the Five who,
after completing his sentence in full, was obliged
to remain in Miami under supervised liberty. In
order to return to his homeland, he renounced his
Describing the discussion and
sessions as very active, Serrano, also a National
Assembly deputy, stated, "The fact that we were able
to have René’s participation in this international
Colloquium is a matter of great satisfaction. It is
irrefutable evidence of the results of the struggle
for the liberation of the Cuban heroes."
The exhibition Yo me muero como
viví, of 15 watercolors painted by Antonio
Guerrero was opened at the event, which then moved
on to review the working agreements reached in last
year’s Colloquium, with a call, above all, to
increase actions within the United States.
The second session discussed the use
of new technologies to send out clear and simple
messages, reflecting communication standards defined
in the United States and with an emphasis on
Facebook and Twitter and other social networks, as
well as to make use of audiovisual materials within
the conventional media.
The families of the imprisoned Cuban
patriots detailed the many flaws in the legal
proceedings and the punishment additionally meted
out to wives and children, and subsequently
highlighted new initiatives which will take place in
René González affirmed that his four
brothers in struggle, while still incarcerated,
maintain the moral strength of dignified and brave
patriots. He recounted the brutal violations
committed against them since the very moment of
their detention in 1998 and those which they must
suffer every day. "Our entire prosecution
constitutes an act of revenge toward the island on
the part of the U.S. government and its sole
justification is the U.S. inability to overthrow the
Revolution, which continues demonstrating to the
world the justness of its humane work."