- Created: 04 September 2013
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.