The Case of the Cuban Five
The case of the Cuban Five, unfairly imprisoned in U.S jails for denouncing terrorist activities, continues to arouse international solidarity.
This time, the U.S.peace activist Cindy Sheehan joined those who demand that President Barack Obama release Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.
Sheehan sent an open letter to the U.S. President in this regard, which has been reprinted in the Cuban media. In the letter, the U.S.pacifist states that, as is well known, the Cuban Five only monitored the movements of terrorist groups operating against Cuba. I like to think -- she wrote -- President Obama, that you would extend the Cuban people and government the same rights of U.S people and government to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.
Cindy Sheehan's position on the issue of the Cuban Five is not new. During a visit to Cubain November 2011, she stated the same terms and met with relatives of Cuban Five, and representatives of solidarity organizations that support the cause.
The U.S pacifist became to be known after having lost a son in April 2004, during the war of aggression of her country to Iraq, a fact that led her to appear publicly before the White House against the war and demand the return home from invading troops. Since then, Sheehan became a figure of the global anti-war movement, of recognized honesty and prestige present in each call for peace and solidarity among peoples.
In the case of the Cuban Five, Jacqueline Roussie, from the French solidarity movement with Cuba, denounced in a letter to President Obama the unfair condemnation of victims, and the impunity the real terrorists have in the United States, such as Luis Posada Carriles, who confessed the bombing of a Cuban airliner in 1976, claiming the lives of its 73 people on board.
She also talked about Robert Ferro, a U.S citizen of Cuban origin, belonging to the Alpha 66 terrorist organization, known for their destructive actions against Cuba. In 2006, this individual had one of the largest illegal arsenals in U.S.history.
According to the U.S.press, there were confiscated 1,679 firearms, 87.983 munitions, 3 rockets and a number of guns, including 35 machine guns, a grenade, 130 silencers, gold covered guns and relics from the last century.
This is the largest civilian confiscation of firearms in U.S history --in illegal possession of a convicted felon, according to U.S.police reports.
As it can be seen, while Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando are still behind bars, the real criminals act with impunity and boast of their actions, supported by anti-Cuban economic and political interests.