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Spain Claims U.S. President the Release of the Cuban Five

Madrid, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish movement of solidarity with Cuba called today U.S. President Barack Obama to immediately release the five antiterrorist fighters of the Caribbean island unjustly held since 1998 in that northern country, for preventing their people from violence.

Puerta del Sol square in Madrid was the scene of a rally, in which many organizations asked the U.S. president to free Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, and Ramon Labañino.

At the rally, organized by the Madrid Committee to Free the Cuban Five, as these prisoners are known in the global campaign for their release, Cuban flags and banners with their pictures were raised.

Hundreds of leaflets with a brief explanation of the rigged trial the Cuban antiterrorist fighters had to endure in almost 15 years in prison, with disproportionate sentences, were also distributed to passers-by.

In front of hundreds of people passing through the emblematic square in the Spanish capital, five members of that committee wore orange costumes that inmates often lead to personify those fighters unjustly held in the United States.

Dramatization was used to call the attention of citizens of all ages, in their passage through Puerta del Sol square, who also received a written report in which the movement denounced the multiple legal and human rights violations committed during the trial.

Friends of Cuba handed over cards to be sent to the White House demanding Obama the release of Gerardo, Ramon, Fernando, Antonio and Rene.

The Spanish solidarity movement accused the U.S. administration of putting the life of Rene at risk. He, after completing his prison term in October 2011, complies with three years of supervised release in Miami, a stronghold of the Cuban-American rightwing group.

The Five were detained in 1998 for monitoring activities against Cuba by terrorist groups based in the northern country.

They were condemned in 2001 by a Florida court, with harsh sentences, ranging from 15 years to two life terms.


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