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"We won the trial"
June 13, 2013
Closing the ‘Five Days for the Five’ event in Washington, Hero of the Republic René González spoke with participants via a videoconference

We were, we are and will be the Five
May 15, 2013
To my brother René in freedom
That September 12, for which there is no adjective to describe its violence, I was the last to arrive in Miami and, thus, the last to be placed in an extremely cold cell, with a bare mattress, a bedspread and a roll of toilet paper; all of us in isolation.

René González: My brother never gave up
January 26, 2012
Dear friends:
I am breaking the silence which has been my refuge during these days. I hope you will understand the delay and forgive me for it. It has not been in any way easy to confront the loss of my brother. Far less so in these conditions. Expecting the outcome has not lessened the blow.

Antonio Guerrero in Marianna, Florida prison
January 13, 2012
Dear Friends,
I am in the prison of my destination, where René's presence of peace, respect, friendship, dedication to study and physical exercise still lingers.
Yes, it is the medium security prison in Mariana, Florida.

Message from Antonio Guerrero
June 17, 2011
DEAR participants in the 3rd International Youth Solidarity Conference:
When you read this country’s press or watch some of its TV channels, you wonder why there has never been any mention of our case.

Statement by Antonio, Ramón, and Fernando
We will continue until the final victory

December.9.09
Dear brother and sisters of Cuba and the world:
We have already served more than 11 years in prison and there is still no justice at any level of the U.S. legal system. Three of us have been transferred to the Miami Court to be re-sentenced in compliance with a ruling by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined that our sentences had been erroneously imposed. Our brother Gerardo Hernández, who is serving two life terms plus 15 years, has been arbitrarily excluded from this re-sentencing process. His situation remains the principal injustice in our case.

René’s message
August 13, 2007
Year 49 of the Revolution
Dear Fidel,
It has been one year since your people celebrated this date, each in their own trench, serene and willing to continue constructing the project to which you have dedicated your fruitful existence.

From the lineage of Titans
August 6, 2007
Year 49 of the Revolution
Dear Fidel,
This past year has been one of great optimism and joy, following your virtuous daily struggle for life and complete recuperation. We feel deeply proud to have as Comandante a giant among Titans, one of those who never abandon a battle, never give up their dreams. You are our best example and guide.

René González’ moral fortitude highlighted
THE moral fortitude of René González is the major impression that the Cuban patriot left with Sebastian Paulmier, a young U.S. citizen who was recently able to visit him in the prison in which he is held in the United States.

It is our pride and honor to belong to this people
July 2, 2003
Comrades:
I read your heartfelt letter with much pleasure and more, with an elevated sense of pride in the honor that you confer on us in each phrase and each expression.

Ramón Labañino sends a message to the Cuban people
May 9, 2003
RAMON Labañino, one of the five Cubans imprisoned by the empire, has sent a message to the people of Holguín in eastern Cuba, thanking the Cuban people once again for the battle they are waging for his release.

Interview with the brother of Rene González, one of the Five
May 9, 2003
DOESN’T it seem strange that a case with so many ingredients for a film, a best seller or a high-profile news item is unknown in the United States?

What Were They Protecting Us From?
In 1996 Noam Chomsky remarked that "Cuba was the target of more international terrorism than probably the rest of the world combined". The following list published in the web site antiterroristas.cu is just a part of the terrorism directed against Cuba over the last 40 years.

FIDEL AT LAUNCH OF BOOK OF CARTOONS BY ONE 
OF THE IMPRISONED CUBANS

Love and humor can do anything
PRESIDENT Fidel Castro presided over the launch of a book of cartoons by Gerardo Hernández, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States on alleged charges of threatening that country’s national security.
- Message from Gerardo and his four comrades

The Days of Gerardo Hernandez in the United States Federal Prison at Lompoc
FOR millions of Cubans, the living conditions of the Five Cuban Political Prisoners being held in U.S. prisons is one of their greatest preoccupations. 

Message to the American People
June 18, 2002
"We are five loyal Cubans, who for 33 months and five days have endured a severe imprisonment in the jails of a nation where hostility against our own is obvious with its authorities. 

Four years since Ramón has seen his three little girls
“HE’s always good to everyone else, even though the pain is killing him,” affirms Holmes Labañino, Ramón’s father.

Unexpected kindness
February 10, 2002
SHE’S not tired or disheartened. Only one moment of sadness glistened in her eyes, like a small patch of nostalgia, when she looked at the postage stamps she would send Antonio in prison, as if through those images he would be released into the world to which he certainly belongs.

Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country
Defense statement presented by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo,   december 12, 2001
Your Honor:
I would like first of all to express a few words of thanks to a number of federal government officials who worked throughout our long and complex trial, both inside and outside this courtroom. I am referring to the translators, stenographers, marshals and other assistants, who showed a high professional ethic ...

Address

I will wear the prison uniform with the same honor and pride with which a soldier wears his most prized insignias!
Defense statement presented by Ramón Labañino Salazar, december 13, 200
Your Honor, ladies and gentlemen:
First of all, I join in all of the arguments put forward by my four brothers in this case and in my recognition of the professional behavior of the officials in this court: Richard, the translators, the marshals, and Lisa. The criminal attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington took the lives
...
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I have no reason to repent
Defense statement presented by René González Sehweret, december 14, 2001
Before I begin, I would like to propose an experiment to those present in the courtroom today: close your eyes, and imagine that you are in downtown New York. Now, when the first firefighter comes along, look him straight in the eye, very seriously, and tell him to his face that nothing happened on September 11. That it is all a lie.
Address

More than 40 years ago, my country and my people were obliged to wake up to the danger and called upon to defend their freedom
Defense statement presented by Fernando González Llort december 18, 2001
Your Honor:
I share with my comrades who have preceded me here in their recognition and gratitude for the professional behavior of Richard, the translators who have worked so efficiently, and the U.S. Marshals.
I also share in what has been expressed here by every one of my brothers at their sentencing hearings.
Address

Act in silence
Defense statement presented by Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, december 27, 2001
Your Honor,
Allow me to say that I share everything that has been said in this courtroom by my four brothers in arms: Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labaniño, René González and Fernando González. They spoke with dignity and courage to the Court.

Address

Mothers of Cubans imprisoned in Miami trust that ‘justice will be done’
December 10, 2001
THE mothers of the five Cubans imprisoned for the last three years in Miami jails, accused of espionage, all expressed their confidence that "justice will be done" in the manipulated trial recently completed, whose sentencing hearings began this Monday.

Extracts from Ramón Labiñino's first letter
August 1, 2001
"EVERYTHING started on September 12, 1998, at about 5:30 a.m. at home. That's where they arrested us and took us to the FBI headquarters in Miami for an interview designed to `convince' us to collaborate and betray, in return for certain promises.

Testimony
by the heroes

ADDRESS OF PRISONERS

ANTONIO
GUERRERO
RODRÍGUEZ

FERNANDO
GONZÁLEZ
LLORT

GERARDO
HERNÁNDEZ
NORDELO

RAMÓN
LABAÑINO
SALAZAR

RENÉ
GONZÁLEZ
SEHWERERT

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