There is a Hero Among Us
The situation of the Cuban Five antiterrorist fighter, unjustly held in the United States (US) for more than 13 years was debated for the first time in a communitarian forum called by members of pacifist movements from the US, in the Southside Presbyterian church from Tucson, Arizona.
A video summarizing the legal situation of the life of each of the Cuban Five was presented to the audience that attended the event from the National Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five, the Pro-Immigrant Movement, the Anti-War Movement and the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), based in the U.S.
Those attending the event specifically knew about the case of Fernando Gonzalez Llort, who since the end of last May is in Safford prison in Arizona.
To the call of “There is a Hero Among Us” attended people from neighboring states, as well as traditional fighters for the freedom of Gerardo, Ramon, Antonio, Fernando and Rene.
Gloria la Riva, president of the National Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five, in the U.S., explained to Trabajadores weekly newspaper, this activity is trying to seek support among the community, so that they be part in the struggle of the release of the Cuban Five and help Fernando and his relatives when they visit him in prison.
“They have given very positive demonstrations since last week, because some people are helping with the transportation and joining Magaly Llort and Rosa Aurora Freijanes (Fernando’s mother and wife respectively) in their first visits to Safford prison.
“From Tucson Airport to where Fernando is, there are approximately 190 kilometers; it is a very isolated place and it is beautiful to see how some friends are supporting them and many others had offered to do it.
“This is just the beginning; a meeting where we suggest the many things people can do in support to the Cuban Five, as how to sponsor Antonio and Gerardo’s exhibitions in Tucson, organize forum, and talk to the media.”
Gloria La Riva also announced that around 15 members of the caravan of Pastor for Peace will arrive on Thursday to Tucson, in their way to Cuba, and they are organizing a welcome activity. “The topic of the Cuban Five is part of the Caravan,” she said.