- Created: 05 September 2013
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.