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Issue #1611      September 18, 2013

Yellow Ribbons in Solidarity

Australia Cuban Friendship Society (ACFS) members in Perth picketed the US consulate on September 12, wearing yellow ribbons in solidarity with the call for the return home of the Cuban Five who have been held for 15 years in US prisons. Members expressed their outrage at the disgrace of the unjust incarceration.

The Cuban Five are five Political Prisoners incarcerated for trying to avert terrorist attacks organised by right-wing Cuban-Americans based in Miami against their homeland, Cuba. Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and René Gonzalez were arrested on September 12, 1998 in Miami.

For 15 years, the Cuban Five have suffered physical and psychological torture! They have been denied visitation rights of friends and family. They have endured solitary confinement and mistreatment and often been hindered in accessing their legal counsel!

ACFS members in Perth joined thousands of others globally to call on the Obama administration to end the injustice now. Members shared leaflets about the Five with people passing calling on them to help fight the media blackout in the US by posting the leaflet to friends and relatives in the US.

One of the Five, Rene Gonzalez, who completed his sentence but remained in the US because of an unjust order to serve three year probations in the US has finally returned to Cuba but says he will never truly be free until he is joined there by his four brothers.

The ACFS called on the Obama administration to immediately release the Five and allow them to return home to Cuba. The protest was closely monitored by consulate and state security personnel.

Next article – Tiles of Solidarity

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