HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 6 (acn) The 8th International Convention on Environment and Development underway in Havana will be dedicated on Thursday to the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in the US since 1998.
The International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five will offer a lecture about the case of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez.
Relatives of the Cuban Five and other guests will attend the meeting that includes an update on the judicial process.
Gerardo, Fernando, Ramon, Antonio and Rene were arrested in 1998 and condemned to terms that go from 15 years to two life sentences plus 15 years. They received such harsh sentences for monitoring Florida-based anti-Cuban terrorist groups.
Juan Mario Martinez Suarez, executive secretary of the 8th Convention –attended by 900 representatives from 35 countries– told ACN the update on the case of the Cuban Five is one of the main activities of the event wrapping up on Friday.
By mid June, Havana hosted the Third Youth Meeting of Solidarity with the Cuban Five. Participants in the event issued a call to “let the world know about this terrible injustice,” and to take advantage of any meeting to make the truth about the trial on the Cuban Five known. They considered the whole case a “political vendetta” of the United States in the obsession to destroy Cuba and its Revolution.
The youngsters who attended the meeting agreed to send letters to U.S. authorities, make phone calls and collect signatures to demand the Cuban Five’s freedom and make Barack Obama’s government to feel the pressure of the world and raise the public opinion’s awareness in support of the Cuban antiterrorists.
Cuban Parliament president Ricardo Alarcon reiterated on May the importance of the international solidarity in the fight to achieve the release of the Cuban Five, and warned that Washington’s government paid journalists to distort the truth about the case and publish slanders to influence the jury that convicted of being a threat to the U.S. national security among other charges in Miami in 2001.
Cuban News Agency