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Cuban University Students Ask Barack Obama to Free the Five

Havana, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Students of the University of Havana sent today a letter to the United States (U.S.) President, Barack Obama, asking him to free the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters condemned in that country.

That is why we come to you, first black President in U.S., awarded Nobel Peace Prize, and we ask you to act toward this case and assume a position that can not be other than release them immediately, because they must never be behind bars, says the letter.

The sample of solidarity with Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González was presented in the Main Lecture Hall of the almost three hundred year old university during the final day of the VIII Congress of the Federation of University Students (FEU).

The Five-as they are internationally known- were arrested in 1998 for monitoring groups that organized, financed and executed violent actions against Cuba from Miami, which have left in the island over 3 300 dead and about 2 000 injured.

Through the letter, the students of the University of Havana remind Obama that Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René were in the United States to ensure peace in Cuba and other nations of the world, including his.

The activities carried out in your country had the aim of protecting people from terrorists actions planned by anti-Cuban extremist groups based in Miami, specified in the text.

The letter to the U.S. president also reflects that the case against the Five was marked by illegalities, such as filing charges that were not proven at trial and that Washington paid reporters hired to facilitate convictions.

For the University of Havana students, Obama must use the powers he has and put an end to that injustice.

In the text, the students assure that they will continue fighting for the return of Gerardo, Ramon, Antonio, Fernando and Rene, the first four in U.S. prisons, while Rene was forced to remain in U.S. soil for three years under supervised released, after fulfilling his sentence.