Published on 17 December 2014 by www.revolutionarycommunist.org

Cuban 5

After 16 unjust years of imprisonment, on 17 December 2014, Ramón Labañino, Gerardo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero, the three remaining members of the Cuban 5, returned to Cuba following their release from US gaols. This is a defeat for the corrupt US justice system and massive victory for Cuba, particularly for anti-terrorist Gerardo Hernandez who was serving two life sentences plus 15 years.

The five Cuban heroes were arrested in 1998 and tried in Miami in 2001, in the midst of a hostile media storm whipped up by journalists in the pay of the US government. Denied a fair trial, they were found guilty of charges ranging from spying to conspiracy to commit murder and endangering the security of the United States. These men had been working to foil the persistent attempts by right-wing counter-revolutionary groups in the United States to commit acts of sabotage and terrorism against Socialist Cuba. These attacks included 78 bombings, 61 hijackings of planes and boats, biological attacks of dengue and swine fever, and 58 attacks from the sea, killing at least 3,478 people in total. The Cuban 5 were guilty of nothing more than peacefully trying to protect their country against terrorism. Their case Illustrates the hypocrisy of the US ‘War on Terror’.

Wednesday 17 December will be recognised for decades to come as a crucial date for Cuban history when, following years of campaigning, the Cuban 5 were finally free. Ramon, Gerardo and Antonio now join Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Hernandez, who served their full sentences and were released in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

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In June 2001, a Miami jury found five Cubans guilty on charges ranging from spying to conspiracy to commit murder and endangering the security of the United States. The five men had already spent three years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement. They were guilty of nothing more than peacefully trying to protect their country against terrorism. Despite international protests and legal challenges, the Cuban Five remain in jail in the US.

Gerardo Hernandez was given two life sentences plus a further 15 years. Ramon Labanino was given life, as was Antonio Guerrero. Fernando Hernandez, who had infiltrated the notorious 'Brothers to the Rescue' organisation and posed as an anti-Cuban agent, was given 19 years imprisonment and Rene Gonzalez 15 years. These men had been working to foil the persistent attempts by right-wing counter-revolutionary groups in the United States to commit acts of sabotage and terrorism against Cuba. Among those they attempted to expose was Posada Carrilles, wanted for the destruction of a Cuban airliner in 1976 when over 70 people were killed. Carilles is wanted in Venezuela for this terrorist act but the US government refuses to extradite him.

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Rock around the Blockade has been proud to receive the following postcards and letters from the Cuban Five.

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

Letters from the Cuban 5 to RATB

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Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and Rock around the Blockade

Public meeting Thursday 19 September 7,30pm

Free the Cuban 5! 15th anniversary of their unjust incarceration

The Calthorpe Arms
252 Grays Inn Rd, London, London WC1X 8JR
(corner with Calthorpe Street)
Nearest tubes Kings Cross or Chancery Lane
Buses 46, 45, 17

The Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, are five Cuban men who are unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI on 12 September 1998 and convicted in US federal court in Miami in 2001, in a political prosecution by the US government.

This September marks 15 years since their arrest.
The Five were falsely accused by the US government of committing espionage and conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges.

The Five’s actions were never directed at the US government, they were on a mission in Miami, beginning in 1990, to monitor the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent those groups from carrying out attacks on their country of Cuba. Their objective was simply protecting people from terrorism.

New evidence has recently come to light that, unknown to the defense, Miami journalists who reported on the trial, with extremely biased coverage, were on the US government payroll.

After years of international campaigning, led by Cuba, Rene was released on 7 October 2011, forced to remain in the US for a further 18 months but since May 2013 has been in Cuba, finally free.

Cuban 5 event at Angel st

Free the Cuban 5!
Street rally with open mic
Saturday 14 September, 12 to 3pm
Outside Angel tube station (northern line)

The Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, are five Cuban men who are unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI on 12 September 1998 and convicted in US federal court in Miami in 2001, in a political prosecution by the US government.

This September marks 15 years since their arrest.
The Five were falsely accused by the US government of committing espionage and conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges.

The Five’s actions were never directed at the US government, they were on a mission in Miami, beginning in 1990, to monitor the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent those groups from carrying out attacks on their country of Cuba. Their objective was simply protecting people from terrorism.

New evidence has recently come to light that, unknown to the defense, Miami journalists who reported on the trial, with extremely biased coverage, were on the US government payroll.

After years of international campaigning, led by Cuba, Rene was released on 7 October 2011, forced to remain in the US for a further 18 months but since May 2013 has been in Cuba, finally free.

Join us on the streets to demand the release of all of the Cuban 5, their return to Cuba and victory against US imperialism and the US blockade.

On 12 September activists worldwide will adorn themselves with yellow ribbons, a symbol of the demand for the Cuban 5 to be returned home. We will be wearing yellow ribbons on 14 September.

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