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Cuban Residents in Mexico Demand End to US Blockade

México, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) End to the U.S. blockade on Cuba and freedom for the five anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned in the United States, were demands of the VI Meeting of Cuban Residents in Mexico, to close today in this capital.

This Association named after Jose Marti, expresses in a communiqué that the criminal blockade is the longest, most cruel and unjust known to humanity, is a flagrant and systematic violation to human rights of Cubans.

In another message, it describes as arbitrary the long prison sentences imposed to five compatriots, while becoming one of the most shameful chapters in the history of U.S. judicial system.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and Re

né González were arrested in 1998 when they monitored terrorist actions prepared from the United States against the island and condemned to long sentences after a biased trial.

The first four are still in prison and Rene was ordered to remain three more years under supervised release in the U.S. after ending his prison term in October, 2011.

During the opening of the meeting, the president of the Association, Vivian Lopez, highlighted the arduous support to their homeland that members carry out in different Mexican states.

Cuban ambassador to Mexico, Dagoberto Rodríguez, congratulated the Association members for their efforts and hard work.

Previous to the closing ceremony, participants will render tribute to Cubans who fought for Mexican independence in the square remembering those internationalist combatants.