- The Cuban Five
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Visiting U.S. University Students Know More in Cuba about the Cuban Five
Havana, Cuba, Jan 7.- Relatives of the five Cuban heroes that are captive in the U.S. for fighting terrorism spoke on Monday at Havana’s Friendship Center with university students from that northern nation interested in getting further information about the case.
Students and professors from the Diablo Valley College (DVC) of the state of California, listened to the details offered with respect to the legal process by Magali Llort and Elizabeth Palmeiro, mother and wife of Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino, respectively, two of these five patriots unfairly condemned.
The visitors knew that Ramon, Fernando, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez were arrested in 1998 in Miami and condemned in 2001 in that city to sentences ranging from 15 years to two life imprisonments plus 15 years for warning about the plans of anti-Cuban terrorist groups based in U.S. territory.
Elizabeth Palmeiro requested participants in the meeting to join the campaign in favor of the return of The Five to the island, and urged President Barack Obama to review the case in his capacity as a lawyer, which will allow him to see the arbitrary acts committed in the process.
Palmeiro and Magali Llort looked back at the biased trial these patriots were subjected to, and insisted on the importance of world solidarity, and particularly that of the U.S. people, most of which are unaware about the case, due to the wall silence imposed by the mainstream media.
Sharon Bartlett, pedagogue with the Campolindo High School (California), told ACN that she wants to inform her center about the case, debate it in her Spanish classes, and hold exchanges with professors from the school.
It’s possible that students don’t have similar ideas, but debates will be very interesting, which will contribute to spread the truth around The Five, she asserted.
Bartlett explained that given the U.S. government’s obstacles for its citizens to travel to the island (due to the blockade imposed on it), this delegation had to request a special license for educational exchange reasons.
Professor Lenore Gallin, heading the U.S. delegation, expressed her willingness to bring to her university the truth about Gerardo, Ramon, Fernando, Antonio and Rene.(ACN)
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