Ottawa, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Canadian groups are preparing today new actions to demand the immediate and unconditional release of the anti-terrorist Cuban fighters held in US prisons for 15 years.
Activist Tamara Hansen told Prensa Latina that on February 5 a rally will be held outside the US Consulate in Vancouver in solidarity with Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez.
These men and their compatriot Rene Gonzalez (who is already in Cuba) were arrested in 1998 while monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups operating against in Cuba, which in the past 53 years have left more than 1,400 victims.
Rene served his sentence and left prison in October, 2011 and returned to Cuba in May, 2013, after giving up his US citizenship to end an additional three-year supervised release punishment.
According to Hansen, coordinator of the Free the Five Committee in Vancouver, they are planning several activities in that city, in Nanaimos and in Lamloops, as well as in Seattle (the United States) on March 5-8 to mark 100 consecutive months of initiatives to support these Cuban heroes.
She explained that the program includes a concert with Canadian and foreign artists, a vigil and a chat with journalist Stephen Kimber, the author of the book “What Lies Across the Water.
The Real Story of The Cuban Five,” a result of thorough investigation, including the review of at least 20,000 pages of legal files about the case of these men, who were tried in a hostile environment in Miami, where journalists were paid by the government to unleash a campaign to discredit them.