Intense Campaign in Washington for the Five (+ video)
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:55
Friends of Cuba from various cities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe will meet on the streets of Washington from April 17th through the 21st to spread the truth about The Five.
In statements to the Juventud Rebelde newspaper on Sunday, Graciela Ramirez, coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five, explained that the objective of this campaign is to attract the attention of people about the injustices committed against Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero.
Posters announcing the campaign "Obama, give me five" can already be seen on the streets of that city, and the campaign will be accompanied from Argentina, Peru, Sweden, Italy, Spain, and of curse Cuba.
"Many people in the world will take letters and documents to the US embassies. They will also write US President Barack Obama requesting the release of the Five," she pointed out.
Activities will be carried out on April 17 and 18 to lobby the Congress. We have many meetings set up with representatives and senators, asserts the activist, and they will receive the report of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of May, 2005, which concluded that the imprisonment of The Five is arbitrary. They will also receive the pronouncements of Amnesty International, which considered the trial unfair.
Parallel to these contacts, the book "What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of The Cuban Five", by Canadian journalist and writer Stephen Kimber, will be presented.
The documentary "Will the real terrorist please stand up" will be screened at the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the Blackburn Auditorium of the University of Howard. Essence, a documentary about the tour of the US of La Colmenita Children's Theater Group in October, 2011, will also be shown.
On April 19, materials with information about the case will be distributed at public tables in Washington, and a new committee in solidarity with the cause will be created at Takoma Park..
The traveling exhibition of political caricatures by Gerardo Hernandez, entitled "Humor from my pen," will be presented on April 20, while the following day a meeting will be held with leaders of various religious denominations.
"It's a disgrace for all Latin America and the world to know that five innocent men are
imprisoned while terrorists like Posada Carriles, Basulto, Frometa, and all others existing in Miami don't pay for their crimes,", commented the activist.
A rally in front of the White House has been scheduled for April 21, in which citizens coming from all parts of the country will take part.
The closing event will be held at the Venezuelan Embassy, with the participation, among others, of pacifist Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in Iraq, where the United States began a war for oil wells and not to capture terrorists, which was Washington's justification. (acn)