González’ moral fortitude highlighted
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.
In an interview published in
today’s Juventud Rebelde, 17-year-old Pennsylvania
resident Paulmier recalls that he found out about the Five’s
situation two years ago when he came to Cuba with the Pastors
For Peace caravan. On his return to the United States his
father decided to write to René.
René asked if Paulmier would
like to visit him and the young man took advantage of the fact
that the prison was close to where he lived. He was thus able
to hear René talk about his life in prison and his beliefs.
Paulmier says that René is
an exceptional man who talks to you as if he’s known you all
his life. The Cuban told him he was pleased to see him and
asked him what he wanted to know; he adds that René gave him
strength when it should have been the other way around.
Despite being locked up he
has a lot of information and he’s a knowledgeable man who
tries to reply to every letter he receives, informed Paulmier.
The young man, a member of a
student delegation from 23 U.S. states that attended the 3rd
Cuba-U.S. Youth Encounter, explained that when he returns to
his country he will try and tell everyone that the five Cuban
political prisoners in the United States are innocent.
He stressed that he would use
every possible opportunity to carry out this task, because the
more people know about the injustice the better the chance of