Freedom for the Cuban Five and Lifting of the Blockade Demanded in France
CUBA, February 28th, 2011.- Actions for the freedom of the five Cuban antiterrorist unjustly imprisoned in the US and for the lifting of the US economic blockade imposed against Cuba, were held in Paris.
According to Prensa Latina news agency, the documentary “66 horas”, which relates the Cuban victory over the invasion organized by the US government in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), was exhibited as part of the program of an anti-colonial week in Paris.
A member of the national council of the French Party The Greens, Patrick Farbiaz, said that the victory of Bay of Pigs set an example of the resistance capacity of the peoples over US aggressions.
Farbiaz recalled that this victory took place in parallel with an offensive against revolutionary processes in Africa that started with the killing of Patricio Lumumba in Congo, and with military interventions against national liberation and anti-colonial movements in Asia.
He condemned the US economic blockade imposed against Cuba for more than 50 years, and the US presence in Guantanamo, and demanded the immediate release of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez ––internationally known as the Cuban Five.
The unjust incarceration of the Cuban Five, since 1998 for trying to prevent terrorist actions against Cuba, was also condemned during an evening at the City Hall in district 14th.
The district mayor, Pascal Cherki, highlighted the importance of the book “Cinco Cubanos en Miami” (Five Cubans in Miami), by French journalist and writer Maurice Lemoine, who criticizes the biased treatment these men have received in US soil.
The evening, organized by the Friendship Associations with Latin America, ended with a collection of signatures in support of the campaign for the freedom of the Cuban Five.
As reported by Granma and Juventud Rebelde newspapers, there are an increasing number of people worldwide joining the international campaign for the return of these men to Cuba.
Defense lawyer Leonard Weinglass said in an article published by Le Monde Diplomatique and by the website www.antiterroristas.cu, that the Cuban Five were not incarcerated for violating US laws, but for uncovering those who were actually doing it. (Cubaminrex- Cuban News Agency)