Havana, Sep 21 – With the creation here today of a José Martí Club to Free the Five Cuban heros unjustly imprisoned in the United States, a new front has opened in the struggle for their return to Cuba.
The club was an initiative of the Jose Marti Cultural Society and its president, Armando Hart.
This past Sept. 12 marked 15 years since the unjust trial and sentencing in Miami, Florida, of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González, for infiltrating violent anti-Cuban groups.
René González is presently in Cuba after renouncing his US citizenship, a requirement of U.S. authorities to modify his supervised release, which he was serving after 13 years in prison.
Referring to the importance of the Jose Marti club, Rene Gonzalez harked back to warnings issued by Marti, Cuba’s national hero, regarding the hatred and the contempt that Washington promoted and expressed for decades against Cuba, he said.
It is the same cruelty with which he and his comrades were treated when taken prisoner and which must be faced by coming Cuban generations, Gonzalez said, in remarks at the Fragua Martiana museum in the Cuban capital.
The museum stands on the site where Jose Marti was forced to do hard labor under Spanish colonialism for defending Cuba’s independence.
The club’s founding ceremony was attended by relatives of the Cuban Five (as they are known worldwide), members of the Jose Marti Cultural Society and representatives of other national institutions.
Source: Prensa Latina