Washington. - More than 500 people from 26 countries, including parliamentarians from El Salvador, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Chile, Nicaragua, and Germany came together in front of the White House, to demand the release of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, three of the five Cuban anti-terrorists still incarcerated in the U.S.
As part of the initial activities planned for the 3rd Five Days for The Five, in Washington D.C. from June 4-11 a panel discussion was held with Miguel Barnet, president of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC); Cindy Sheehan, U.S. political activist, and journalist Ignacio Ramonet, participating.
Barnet stated that “The Five have never stopped being free, even behind bars they are freer than the air, which has allowed them to continue writing and creating artwork.” In the name of Cuban writers and artists he thanked the participants for their support and tireless struggle to free The Five.
Sheehan, called on participants to intensify the movement to such an extent that the U.S. administration has no choice but to free The Five, she also said “we must demand their freedom…not beg for it”.
Ramonet concluded the discussion highlighting the fact that Cuba is one of the countries that has suffered most from terrorist attacks, the majority originating from the U.S.
The activities continue with a commemoration for former Chilean minister Orlando Letelier and his assistant Ronni Moffitt in the Dupont Circle, where they were assassinated in 1976, by terrorists including Cubans based in Miami.
Today, Monday June 9, international parliamentarians will visit Congress, where they will explain to their U.S. counterparts the need to end the injustice committed against the Five Cuban Heroes.