Puerto Ricans Call for Releasing Cuban 5

Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The release of three Cubans who remain imprisoned in the United States was requested today in this World Cultural Heritage city by a Puerto Rican delegation from different non-governmental organizations that are touring different Cuban regions. The 45 members of that group expressed their solidarity with the cause of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, who were arrested almost 16 years ago in Miami, for preventing violent actions that terrorist groups organized against Cuba from U.S. territory.

Of the Cuban Five, as those patriots are internationally known, only Fernando and Rene returned to Cuba, after completing their prison sentence, it was reported in the meeting, sponsored this weekend here, some 570 kilometers east of Havana, by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

In that context, the release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican independence fighter who has spent more than 33 years at a U.S. prison, serving two life terms totalling 70 years for alleged “seditious spying,” was also collected.

Puerto Rican independence fighter Nestor Nazario said the Cuban Five instead of being imprisoned in the United States deserved to be awarded by that government that unleashed a campaign in the world against terrorism.

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