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Massive Demonstration in London Demands Release of Cuban Five

Oct. 8, 2008
Reprinted from ACN

HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 8 (acn) Some 500 demonstrators gathered on Tuesday in front of the US embassy at London's Grosvenor Square to demand the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held in US jails and family visits for their wives.

Massive Demonstration in London Demanded Release of Cuban Five The peaceful demonstration, organized by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) in Britain, brought to a close a month of actions to mark the 10th anniversary of the incarceration of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerreor, known in Britain as the Miami Five.

Demonstrators participated in the annual CSC vigil for the Five along with Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez. Olga and Adriana have been denied entry visas by US authorities for 8 and 10 years in a row, reads an article on the CSC

During the demonstration Olga and Adriana read out a message on behalf of the families of the Cuban Five, as the Cuban antiterrorist fighters are also known around the world.

Massive Demonstration in London Demanded Release of Cuban Five “In the name of the families of the Miami 5 we want to express our thanks one more time for all the activities that you are carrying out to help us obtain visas to visit our husbands. This vigil is just one example of the value, persistence and unity of members of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and British trade union movement on our behalf. The day that we are united with our husbands in Cuba and regain our happiness we will remember with gratitude all the efforts that you made to help us achieve that joy. We need the support you give us and one day, together with you and with the Five, we will celebrate our victory,” read the message.

Fourteen speakers including leading figures from British and US trade unions addressed the vigil, each one pledging to continue working within their unions to bring justice for the five and their families, the article on the webpage of the CSC reads.

Earlier on Tuesday, a delegation handed over to the US Embassy a called signed by 14,000 world personalities demandiing visiting rights for the wives of the Cuban Five. The document was presented to the US Political Counselor and representatives of the US Justice Department.


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