Cuban Five

In case you haven’t heard of them or their struggle for justice, here’s a description of the current events taking place right now regarding them.

The Cuban 5 are -Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and René González.

They were in Miami monitoring terrorist activities of Miami ultra right-wing groups who have commited terrorist acts against Cuba in the past. In a hot anti-socialism climate in Miami, they were rail-roaded into jail and were labelled as spies.

In 1998, after a 7-month long trial where they stood no chance of a fair trial because it was in Miami where the CANF (Cuban American National Foundation) hold so much power, they we’re given sentences ranging from 15years to double life-sentences.

Washington has delayed and denied entry for the Cuban-5 family members to visit since their incarceration.

Their case has been the focal point at many Human Rights gatherings.

Finally, this past May, the United Nations finally called their inprisonment a violation of international law.

This past August, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals declared the convictions null and void, and said each defendant deserved a new trial.

Now, they sit in jail waiting to hear when and where a new trial will start. Family members and humanitarian groups feel that they should be freed since their convictions have been overturned.

The world is watching, their new trial -whenever it gets announced, will be something to watch.

Check out the site dedicated to the 5.

One thought on “Cuban Five”

  1. well i think it’s great that people are discussing these things. when people say the word “freedom” i think many have accepted something quite different in it’s place. such a barefaced lie it truly is to expedite rights and generally manhandle people who are dedicated to the truth. shame on democracy under this fire-wall of ill conceived political power. what’s this we only answer to you deal? the imbalance is so profound that it can only be sustained by fear and lies. the burden of truth is on you too “proud” america!

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