Havana, Cuba, Jul 23. – The 45th contingent of the Venceremos Brigade of solidarity of the US people with Cuba was welcomed yesterday by authorities from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
During the welcoming ceremony at the Julio Antonio Mella international camp, in western Artemisa province, Vice President of ICAP, Fernando Gonzalez, highlighted the presence here of the Brigade in spite of travel restrictions as a result of the blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States for over 50 years.
Gonzalez also extoled their support expressed through several actions to the struggle for the release of Cuban heroes unfairly held in US prisons since 1998.
“On behalf of the Cuban Five I would like to extend the appreciation for the solidarity and support shown to this cause,” said Fernando, also a Hero of the Republic of Cuba.
Fernando Gonzalez, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez, were arrested in 1998 and given unfair harsh sentences in the United States for monitoring Miami-based terrorist groups operating against Cuba.
They are known as The Cuban Five.
Rene and Fernando are back in Cuba after fully serving their prison sentences and they are both fighting for the return of their other three comrades to their families in Cuba.
On behalf of all members of the Venceremos Brigade, Us Rita Kamani described the stay in Cuba as a solidarity experience.
“We are here in solidarity with the Cuban people and against travel restrictions and the US economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States,” she said.(Prensa Latina)