DURING the UH por los Cinco event, students at the University of Havana (UH) met this September 12 to demand the liberation of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, still imprisoned in the United States.
Havana University for the FiveFor this date, the 15th anniversary of the Five’s arrest, the University Students Federation (FEU) programmed a series of activities which included placing a yellow ribbon on the Alma Mater, the University symbol; producing a giant placard of the Five with signatures of solidarity from the university community; a vigil in the Juan Antonio Mella Plaza with students from all faculties bearing 15 flags; and placing messages on the issue of the Five on the "Desde la UH" Facebook page.
In reference to the unjust and prolonged incarceration of the Cuban heroes, FEU President Laritza Limia Fernández stated to Granma International:
"Today, we have come together to confirm the position of university students in relation to the case of the five Cuban heroes unjustly imprisoned in the United States, to convey the message that the campaign around the Five must transcend national borders and reach the heart of the U.S. people, which is where this fight is really going to be won; to multiply this campaign in relation to all young people in our country and in the world, in order not just to see the legal aspects, but the human side of the case, which has damaged so many families and so many Cubans identified with these men, who have tried to defend the security and integrity of our people.
"I believe that President Obama should listen to us, should for once and for all respond sensitively to the messages of love and solidarity sent not just from Cuba, but from all parts of the world. We hope that this campaign will grow stronger and multiply in all countries."
The inauguration of the event was attended by Dr. Gustavo Cobreiro, University of Havana rector; and students and workers at this higher education institution.