Bogota, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) The five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, for alerting on violent plans against their country, expressed gratitude the Colombia Solidarity groups for their support and efforts for their release.
In a message issued yesterday during a semi-annual meeting of the groups of solidarity with Cuba in this Andean nation, Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino, expressed their “deep feelings of gratitude” for supporting the struggle they have been carrying out 15 years ago.
“We are confident that your work as a group will be an important contribution, and the result of your selfless effort will soon feel,” the letter states.
The Five, as they are also known, were detained in September 1998, for monitoring subversive activities against Cuba by terrorist groups based in Miami.
They were condemned to sentences ranging from 15 years to two life sentences plus 15 years, the latter imposed on Gerardo Hernandez.
After complying with his sentence, Rene Gonzalez was released from prison on supervised release in the United States in 2011. This condition was recently changed by a judge, who accepted his stay in Cuba in exchange for his renunciation of U.S. citizenship on May.
“Every day, many people, like you, join efforts to this cause. The main obstacle has been the difficulty of getting accurate information about our situation to broad social sectors,” they say.
The movement of solidarity with Cuba in Colombia has 11 groups of solidarity in cities such as Carta