Book on Cuban Five Launched at Belgrade International Fair

Belgrade, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) The book on The Five by the Canadian professor of journalism Stephen Kimber, What Lies across The Water”, had one of its protagonists, Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, as the presenter in its Serbian language edition.

The event was held at the 63rd International Book Fair in Belgrade, the largest event of its kind in the Balkans, in a room full of people of all ages interested in listening to the Hero of the Republic of Cuba and getting a copy.

The ceremony was attended by the Serbian minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Zoran Đorđević, professors, former Armed Forces officers, lawyers, students and members of the Committee for the Freedom of The Five in Serbia, as well as the general public.

During the book launch, Cuban Ambassador Gustavo Trista del Todo, referred to his personal experiences in other countries to break the barrier of silence and lies about the five Cubans who were sentenced to unjust and lengthy prison terms for crimes they did not commit, and how the truth broke through step by step.

Danilo Pantovic, Serbia’s ambassador to Cuba and then president of the Serbian Committee for The Five, recalled the heroic battle of those anti-terrorist fighters for justice, with the daily support for 16 years at all instances and institutions, as well as the entire people of Cuba and the solidarity gained in the world.

He said that the book offers an opportunity to know the truth about ‘that story of struggle, faith, hope, pride, challenge, dedication, constancy, professionalism, patriotism; it is the story of the Cuban people’s resistance’, to which the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, had asserted ‘they will return’… and they returned.

Hernandez Nordelo began the presentation by thanking, on behalf of The Five, all those in Serbia who joined that struggle for justice.

This book is part of a love story and is the best of all published so far about us, he said. He gave details about how its author was first interested in the case from the posters of support for the Five that he saw in Cuba.

He recalled that Cuba repeatedly denounced for years the performance of groups like Alpha 66, Comandos F4 and others, which caused more than 2,000 victims, but authorities in the United States never did anything. People who did not believe in our story may know in this book, which I invite you to read, about the terrorist actions against my country that we could prevent, he said.

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