09/09/13 - Havana Times - Yellow Ribbons in Cuba for Cuban Five
Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES - "This is the message we want you to take to the people of
the United States: we want them to know that the people of Cuba await the
return of four of their children. It's not just their families, not just
those who know them personally. An entire country, an entire people is
waiting for the four men, unjustly imprisoned in the United States, to come
The statement came from Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cubans detained in
the United States on September 12, 1998 for alerting Cuba to the terrorist
plots that violent groups based in Miami were hatching, during a speech
last week addressed to the Cuban people, in anticipation of the date
marking 15 years since the arrest of the Five.
He called on every Cuban to wear a yellow ribbon, or to hang it up at home
or in a tree, such that the country is filled with these, symbols of
affection towards a loved one who is away, whom one awaits, for the
Since September 5, Cubans have been organizing activities demanding justice
for the anti-terrorist activists who continue to serve long sentences in
the United States: Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and
Fernando Gonzalez (Rene Gonzalez served his 15-year sentence and is now
back in Cuba).
Nothing can justify the continued imprisonment of these four men. They were
convicted at a highly politicized trial, where the judge and jury were
under pressure from the same terrorist mob the men were denouncing, and the
one charge brought against them that was ultimately proven was that of
working as agents for a foreign government without informing the Attorney
General's Office - a crime which, at the most, calls for 3 years in prison
All honest and well-intentioned people around the world, including many US
citizens, agree that the Cuban Five were unjustly convicted.
This was also the opinion of the judges of the Atlanta Court of Appeals,
which overturned the ruling after its first review of the case and only
gave in to government pressures at a second hearing, when a judge, opposing
this decision, issued a more than 90-page statement explaining the reasons
why the original ruling ought to have been overturned.
The people of the United States are unaware of these details because the
country's press dares not publish a single article that reveals all of the
arbitrary measures and violations of US law that characterized the longest
trial in US history.
They are also unaware of the fact that the UN's Committee on Arbitrary
Detentions declared that the arrest of the Cubans was arbitrary and urged
the US government to rectify the situation.
The entire world, and the people of the United States most particularly,
must know the truth about these four Cubans who continue to serve sentences
in US prisons, without having committed any crime that justifies this
The people of the United States must know that the mothers, wives, children
and fathers of these four talented young men are still waiting for them to
come back home, that they are waiting for President Barack Obama to make
the right decision and release them, in order to rectify the situation
created by the arbitrary measures taken in this case.
This is the reason why Rene Gonzalez called on all Cubans to fill the
island with yellow ribbons: so that, on September 12, all visitors to Cuba,
all foreign correspondents, will know that the entire country lovingly
awaits their four children.
Original Source / Fuente Original: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=98671
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