Santiago, Chile, Jul 22 – The Chilean organizations of solidarity with Cuba kicks off in this capital the commemorative day for the 60th anniversary of the heroic attack on the Moncada Garrison, with a political-cultural ceremony, of Latin Americanist content.
The beginning of those celebrations took place on Sunday night in the cultural center of the capital district of San Joaquin, with the cultural gala “Looking at the South with Cuba and Latin America in the Heart,” organized by the “Siboney” group of solidarity, with 20 years of existence.
On behalf of the group, Ana Maria Lopez, recalled how Cuba generously received thousands of Chileans when the country suffered the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
Lopez also noted that among the more than 60,000 young graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, hundreds of them are Chileans.
“There are countless reasons that have called us to love and solidarity with Cuba … but tonight we highlight one of the most unjust situations experienced by the Cuban people, the detention and conviction of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters in the United States,” the activist said.
Lopez said that Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, and Rene Gonzalez were accused of nebulous charges of conspiracy to commit espionage.
The Five, as they are known in the campaigns for their release, were condemned to severe sentences, and confined in different maximum security prisons, she said.
The activist recalled that only Rene has been released so far. He is Cuba, but his true liberation will not be achieved until his four brothers are all back in their homeland.
A greeting from Pedro Bronzic came through the Coordinating Committee of Solidarity with Cuba. He highlighted the selfless brotherhood of the island with the Chilean people and many nations of the world, particularly those from Latin America.
Alex Gonzalez, first secretary of the Cuban embassy in Chile, emphasized the significance of July 26, because in 1953, a group of young men led by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, just decided to say “stop” to the cynical, corrupt, and bloody tyranny of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
The July 26 celebrations will be extended to other capital districts, with art exhibitions, films, and other cultural and political activities.
Source: Prensa Latina