never gave up
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.
and his brother Roberto. The photo
was taken in Miami, in October 2011,
shortly after René, a Hero of the
Republic of Cuba, left the Marianna
prison after being incarcerated
for 13 years. Photo: Courtesy of
Thank you for your messages of
encouragement, which have made me feel accompanied
in these special circumstances. They have animated
me in the return to the struggle, to which the
spirit and memory of Roberto call me. He never gave
up; those of us who remain in the debt to honor his
memory will not do so.
For me, who became aware of my own existence
alongside him and who shared so many things with him,
it will always be a motive for pride to be able to
say that I was his brother.
For all of you, all my gratitude and an embrace.
René González Sehwerert, June 26,
(Editor’s Note.—Roberto González, an
eminent lawyer who devoted the last years of his
life to the cause for the liberation of his brother
René and the other four Cuban anti-terrorists who
are serving unjust sentences in the U.S., died in
Havana on June 22, a victim of cancer.)