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Mandela Is An Example of Loyalty, Strength, Cuban Antiterrorist Says

Washington, Dec 6.- Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly condemned in the United States, described the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as an example of loyalty and strength, a solidarity group informed today.

"Those who devote unlimited resources to erase and rewrite history, and had him in their dangerous terrorist lists, will suffer today from collective amnesia," Hernandez says in a message released by the International Committee for the Release of the Five, as he and four other compatriots are known worldwide.

In his message, Hernandez refers to the U.S. government, which maintained Mandela in the blacklisted for years and only took him out in July 2009, to improve bilateral relations with South Africa.

For the fighter, those who offended Mandela denying him a tribute in the city of Miami because he embraced the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and thanked for the Caribbean island's support to Cuba, would have to shut up today.

Hernandez said "The Five will continue facing every day the unjust imprisonment until the end inspired in Madiba's example of loyalty and strength, the tribal name of the deceased icon of the struggle for human dignity.

Hernandez and his compatriots Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, and Rene Gonzalez were arrested on September 12, 1998, while monitoring the actions by violent groups in southern Florida, where they planned actions like those that have killed more than 3,400 people in Cuba over the last 53 years.

The first four antiterrorist fighters are still facing severe sentences, while Rene was released from prison in October 2011 after completing his sentence and returned home on May, when he renounced his U.S. citizenship to end an additional punishment of three years in US under supervised release.(Prensa Latina)