Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Free the Cuban Five! - Emergency rally in Sydney

Free the Cuban Five!
Protest rally outside US Consulate
Martin Place, Sydney
5pm Thursday 12 June

On June 4 the US Appeals Court upheld the convictions of Gerardo Hernández, René González, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, and Fernando González who are internationally known as the Cuban Five. These revolutionaries have spent a decade in US prison on political frame-up charges.

Before their arrest, the five—two U.S. citizens and three Cuban immigrants—were gathering information on right-wing Cuban-American groups that have staged violent attacks against Cuba with Washington’s complicity.

Arrested by the FBI on Sept. 13, 1998, they were denied bail and kept in solitary confinement for 17 months. Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva, have been repeatedly denied entry by U.S. authorities to visit their husbands, Gerardo Hernández and René González.

The U.S. government falsely charged them with “conspiracy to commit espionage,” “conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent,” and—in the case of Hernández—“conspiracy to commit murder.” Although none of the main charges were proven, they were convicted and given sentences ranging from 15 years to a double life sentence.

The Appeals Court did rule that the life sentences of Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, and the 19-year sentence of Ramon Labañino were too harsh given that “no top secret documents were gathered or transmitted.” Their sentences will be reviewed and reduced. However, the double life sentence of Gerardo Hernández and the 15-year sentence of René González were upheld.

Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, Free the Cuban Five Committee, Leonard Weinglass Tour Committee & Committee in Solidarity with Cuba- Western Sydney
For more information: 0424 652 802 or 0411 732 824
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