JSC Interviews Rene Gonzalez, Part 3:
Support 5 Days for the Cuban 5; June 4 -11 Washington
In a recent exclusive interview with Cuban anti-terrorist fighter, René González ( part 1 and part 2), JSC asked Rene about upcoming international activities calling on President Obama to release Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio, the Cuban heroes who are still unjustly imprisoned in the US. Here is his response.
An International Commission of Inquiry recently held on March 8 and 9, in London.
“In the Colloquium for the Freedom of the Five and Against Terrorism held last November, in Holguín, Cuba, two major events were scheduled for 2014. The first event was an International Commission of Inquiry recently held on March 8 and 9, in London. It was attended by prosecutors, judges, lawyers, and other important figures in the field of international law from several countries. It was a successful event in which the British people could become informed about all the tricks used in this trial against the Five and against Cuba. We are very pleased with the support received. The Five express our sincere gratitude for the efforts of the international solidarity movement, and we are confident of our final victory.
5 Days for the 5
“The other event will be “5 Days for the Cuban 5” to be held in Washington, June 4 to 11. We hope that as many persons as possible will participate in the various events that will take place there.
“The Five expect a group of lawyers and politicians from different countries to mobilize to visit Capitol Hill or the United States Department of Justice. Those who are not able to participate in the events in Washington may send letters from their countries to these offices.
“In view of the international situation and the places where these campaigns will be held, they take on special significance in the struggle for the release of the Five. International solidarity is essential for the cause and it is necessary to mobilize more the public opinion in the United States.”
The role of the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora
René emphasized the important role of the Jamaican and Caribbean Diaspora in these actions, and reiterated the call to these communities and Latin American communities, both in the United States and Canada, to participate in street activities to be carried out during “5 Days for the Cuban 5” in Washington. He also asked that we focus our efforts on these objectives.
The anti-terrorist Cuban fighter said that he is expecting greater participation in the activities, and noted that the Latin American and Caribbean communities in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom need to know in greater detail the injustice against the Five. The case of the Five, he explained, is also a manifestation of discrimination against minorities in the U.S. judicial system, whether based on skin colour, nationality or political ideas.
Go beyond political boundaries
With regard to the efforts of the Solidarity Movement, he urged us to go beyond political boundaries, “which means involving people of any political party, creed or organization in the campaigns for the Five … among these people will be influential persons in the political organizations of one’s country … convening only people from the left hinders broader participation in actions. Among non-left persons sympathies have grown in many important figures. We should not ignore them, as they are more influential than the left in the higher circles in many countries.”
While expressing appreciation for the opportunity to address the Jamaican and Caribbean peoples on the Cuban Five through JSC, René stressed his interest in taking this opportunity to acknowledge all the efforts and sacrifices made for so many years by the international Solidarity Movement in favour of this good cause.
The Five were fighting not only for the Cuban people
“The Five were fighting not only for the Cuban people, but also for other peoples. We must recall that the bombing of a Cubana Airlines flight in 1976 killed also Korean and Guyanese passengers. A bomb planted by terrorist Posada Carriles´s henchmen in a hotel in Havana killed an Italian tourist. We have worked to prevent all this from happening and we have achieved it to a large extent.”
René also mentioned that his daughter and his wife Olguita, as well as Gerardo´s wife Adriana, are really pleased with the warm welcome and strong solidarity they received during their visits to Jamaica.
Thanks to the government and people of the Caribbean
“On behalf of the Five and the Cuban people, René González thanked the Governments of Jamaica and other Caribbean countries and their peoples for their sustained support for the fight against terrorism, and for peace and the release of the Five from U.S. prisons and their return to the homeland. We cannot forget, he said, that in December 1972 some Caribbean countries were spearheads that broke the siege and isolation imposed by the United States on Cuba through the Organization of American States (OAS). We hope that now the Caribbean region also acts as a strong force that helps us achieve the freedom of the Five.”
Wishes of happiness and success for the Jamaican people from the Five
“Before concluding I would like, on behalf of the Five and the Cuban people, to wish all friends from JSC and the Jamaican people in general, happiness and success this year, and to convey to them our deepest appreciation for their sincere and heartfelt solidarity.
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!