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15th Anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5

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For 15 years, the Cuban 5 have endured physical and psychological torture in U.S. prisons! Their only “crime” was protecting their homeland Cuba and the United States from acts of terrorism

Thousands of people around the world will be protesting, picketing, engaging in a myraid of actions in support of the International movement to Free the Cuban 5! Join us as we raise our united voices on the International Day to Free the Cuban 5!

Thursday September 12, 2013 @5pm
Picket at 26 Federal Plaza,
New York, N.Y.
Take the 4,5, or 6 to
Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall

Bring your flags, noisemakers, signs and be ready to chant!

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
Fore more information of the Project contact: FreetheCuban5@gmail.com or call the Free the Cuban 5 Hotline at: 718-601-4751. Visit our website: www.freethecuban5.org

Endorsers:The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Frente Socialista-Comite de Nueva York, Free Mumia Coalition, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Radical Women, Freedom Socialist Party, December 12th Movement, New York City Jericho Movement, Fuerza de la Revolucion, Da Urban Butterflies, International Action Center, Justice for Trayvon Martin Peoples Assembly, May 1st Coalition for Worker & Immigrant Rights, Latin America & Caribbean Committee of the IAC, Workers World Party, and The Venceremos Brigade…

FREE THE CUBAN 5 MONTH!

“Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country”- Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, The Cuban 5

This September 12th, 2012 will mark the 14th year anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5; five US held Cuban political prisoners incarcerated for protecting Cuba from U.S. sponsored terrorist actions.

In 2006, President Ricardo Alarcon, of the Cuban Parliament, declared Sept. 12th through October 6th to be a period of time to raise awareness on the case of the Cuban 5. The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is committed to building an international movement for the Cuban 5’s freedom by extending this period of time to be a full month (Sept. 12th-October 12th) and calling it “Free the Cuban 5 Month.” During this month we organize a calendar of events to raise awareness about the Cuban 5 and how people can support their release!

Please support the Free the Cuban 5 picket on Sept 12th, the Vicente Feliu concert on Saturday Sept. 15th at 1199, the special Film screening of “South of the Border” on Sept. 22nd and support the Cuban 5 call in day on Oct. 12th!

Father’s Day Call in Week

Cuban 5 Father’s Day Call-in Week!

Originally posted by The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5

The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is asking all freedom loving people to call President Obama the week of Father’s Day to ask him to free the Cuban 5; five U.S. held political prisoners incarcerated for 13 years for fighting against terrorism in Cuba and the United States.

Remind President Obama that for the past 13 years these innocent men have been separated from their families and friends. Tell him that he has the power to reunite these men with their loved ones!

Call every day! Ask your friends and family members to call in as well! Thousands of messages will let President Obama know that there is a mass movement calling for the freedom of these five men!

Make your call the week of Mon. June 11th through

Sun. June 17th

(FATHER’S DAY)!

Call President Obama at 202-456-1111!

Sample Script (optional):

This message is for President Obama, I ask that you use your executive power to free the Cuban 5. For 13 years, the Cuban 5 have been unjustly incarcerated for protecting their homeland Cuba and the United States from terrorist actions.

They have the support of various reputable actors, academics and civil rights leaders, such as: Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Cindy Sheehan and Angela Davis. As well as the support of thousands of people throughout the United States and the world.

Only you have the power to set these men free! Please end this long standing injustice by sending these men home.

Thank you!

 

Multiplicado el reclamo por los Cinco

Con epicentro en Washington, se realizaron acciones por la libertad de los antiterroristas cubanos en varias ciudades del mundo

Juventud Rebelde
digital@juventudrebelde.cu

21 de Abril del 2012 22:39:42 CDT

WASHINGTON, abril 21.— La jornada Cinco días por los Cinco concluyó este sábado con el compromiso de continuar el reclamo al Gobierno de Estados Unidos por la excarcelación inmediata e incondicional de los antiterroristas cubanos, prisioneros políticos en ese país, reportó PL.

Con velada en el salón de actos de la embajada de Venezuela se puso fin a cinco jornadas de intensas actividades; sin embargo, no se descansa en la lucha por el regreso a Cuba de Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González y René González.

Alicia Jrapko, coordinadora del Comité Internacional para la Libertad de los Cinco, resaltó la presencia en Washington de cientos de activistas de varios estados de la Unión, al igual que de naciones como Italia, Bélgica, Francia, Alemania, Canadá y Honduras, entre otros.
Las palabras de clausura estuvieron a cargo de la pacifista estadounidense Cindy Sheehan, quien perdió a su hijo en Iraq y desde entonces se convirtió en una de las más potentes voces contra la guerra.

Durante la jornada se destacó el plantón que también tuvo lugar este sábado frente a la Casa Blanca, en el que participaron unas 300 personas que hicieron escuchar la demanda de libertad para los luchadores, supo JR por medio del Comité Internacional por la liberación de los Cinco. El llamado irradió por todo el planeta como parte del esfuerzo global por la justicia.

Muy temprano en la mañana varios autobuses, rentados con el apoyo de sindicatos neoyorkinos, partieron desde esa ciudad repletos de amigos solidarios para manifestarse ante la Casa Blanca en demanda de la libertad de los héroes. Con el lema Viaje por la Libertad de los Cinco, los manifestantes se hicieron presentes portando pancartas, banderas y carteles por la libertad de los cubanos y por los presos políticos puertorriqueños en cárceles de EE.UU.

Las actividades en Washington fueron trasmitidas por el canal en Internet CubaenWashington, en Justin TV, que al cierre de esta información tenía registradas más de 5 000 visitas.
Mientras, en San Juan de Puerto Rico también se realizó una manifestación en defensa de los legítimos derechos de quienes únicamente defendieron a su pueblo contra el terrorismo. El acto tuvo lugar frente a la Antigua Corte Federal (USA), en el Viejo San Juan, y estuvo presidido por el luchador Rafael Cancel Miranda y Milagros Rivera.

Por otra parte, en Nicaragua fue aprobada por amplia mayoría una resolución parlamentaria demandando al Gobierno de EE.UU. la libertad para Gerardo, René, Ramón, Antonio y Fernando.

Asimismo, se realizaron actividades en más de una veintena de países, y el sábado en la noche se continuaban recibiendo reportes de otras iniciativas a lo largo del planeta, como prueba del éxito de la convocatoria de solidaridad global con la causa, con epicentro en Washington. El Comité internacional aseguró que cerca de 300 asociaciones y partidos se sumaron en los últimos días a la campaña.

Asimismo trascendió, según PL, que como parte de las jornadas Cinco días por Los Cinco se enviaron más de 2 000 firmas a la Casa Blanca solicitando el fin de la injusticia.
Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, en Argentina, la Asociación de Juristas Demócratas de Francia, letrados japoneses y la Asociación de solidaridad con Cuba en Guatemala, entre otros, multiplicaron el reclamo por los Cinco, que llegó por primera vez al Congreso norteamericano.

De acuerdo con los reportes desde Washington fue muy provechoso el encuentro de activistas con unos 40 senadores y miembros de la Cámara de Representantes del Congreso de Estados Unidos, quienes recibieron detalles del caso. Los legisladores se interesaron por la situación de los Cinco y algunos expresaron frases como «Estamos tan frustrados como ustedes acerca de esto» y «Podríamos enviarle una carta a Obama para que los libere como un gesto humanitario, averiguaremos a quiénes les gustaría formar parte», narró PL.

Otra de las actividades de rotundo éxito fue el panel convocado con la frase Obama, give me Five, en el que intervinieron la sindicalista Dolores Huerta, el abogado José Pertierra, el escritor y periodista Saul Landau; el ex jefe de la Oficina de Intereses en La Habana, Wayne Smith; el analista Salim Lamrani y el actor Danny Glover , entre otros. Asistió también el Jefe de la Sección de Intereses de Cuba en Washington, Jorge Bolaños, reseñó Cubadebate.

Varios de los oradores exigieron a la administración del presidente Barack Obama la eliminación del bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero que Estados Unidos mantiene contra el pueblo cubano desde hace más de medio siglo.

René González is in Cuba

Reprinted from Prensa Latina

René González, one of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly given harsh prison sentences in the United States, arrived to Cuba on Friday on a family, private visit in the wake of authorization by a US judge to visit his gravely ill brother.

According to information released by the TV news program, René arrived minutes alter midday.

On February 24, René had filed through his lawyer an emergency motion before the South Florida District Court, requesting an authorization to visit his brother, seriously ill in Cuba.

Nearly a month later, on March 19, Judge Joan Lenard, who have been handling the case of The Cuban Five since the start of their proceedings, authorized the trip for 15 days under certain conditions, including obtaining all US government travel permits needed.

She also set as a prerequisite failing a detailed travel schedule, his location in Cuba and information of contact in the country, as well as a systematic phone contact with his probation officer.

The judge also made clear that all conditions of Rene’s supervised release remain unchanged and he has to go back to the United States as soon as the two weeks pass from the date of his trip.

After having suffered 13 years of unfair prison, René is under a supervised release regime for another three years during which he has to remain in the United States, which constitutes an additional sanction.

The decision of authorizing his trip is fully in line with conditions established for his supervised release, which allow him to travel to Cuba after an approval by the probation officer or the judge.

Even the US Government, which has opposed all motions filed by René to be allowed a permanent return to Cuba and his temporary visit to his brother, admitted that conditions of his supervised release do not prevent him from visiting our country.

In this regard, as of March 7, 2011, the Attorney General’s Office argued that the terms of Rene’s supervised release do not prevent him from traveling to Cuba during that period. “Nothing will prevent him from requesting his probation officer (or the court, if he was denied that by the former) a permit to travel to Cuba to visit his wife, his old parents or other relatives.”

In the motion filed by his lawyer, Rene said he would comply with the terms established for the visit and return to the United States.

Despite the terms imposed, our people, with deep respect, welcomes home our beloved René, and do not stop fighting for his final, permanent return home along with his four close brothers, says the press release.

René González, along with his comrades Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, was detained in 1998 in the United States for monitoring Miami-based violent groups operating against Cuba.

CONFESSION IN MIAMI

Pesquera had to “persuade”Janet Reno to arrest the Five

BY JEAN-GUY ALLARD —

Miami Herald – CONFESSION IN MIAMI

HECTOR Pesquera, Florida’s FBI chief, had to “persuade” Attorney General Janet Reno to arrest the five Cuban patriots who had infiltrated terrorist groups and were subsequently converted into “spies,” because other people in the Justice Department didn’t want to touch the case. The man who devoted his time to pursuing these patriots whilst Al-Qaeda was staging the September 11 attacks in his own backyard, made this confession to a Miami journalist on announcing that he was retiring from the federal police.

Héctor Pesquera devoted his time to pursuing the five Cuban patriots whilst Al Qaeda were planning the September 11 attacks in his own backyard.

No one in Miami’s “free press” took the initiative to ask Janet Reno how she allowed herself to be “persuaded” to make such an evidently bad decision.

“Everything was on the line,” recalled Pesquera in an interview with Larry Lebowitz from The Miami Herald, a daily strongly linked to the right-wing Cuban-American groups dominant in the Florida metropolis. The meeting took place days before the official announcement of the retirement of this sulfurous special agent who has maintained ambiguous relations with extremist leaders in Miami.

“But you do it because you’re right. Or at least you think you’re right at the time,” added the police officer enigmatically.

Pesquera’s Miami appointment came in September 1998. That same month, he carried out a spectacular raid, accompanied by overtly political statements to the press, systematically awarding the detained Cubans with the title of “spies” prior to their appearance in court. A description that was taken up, completely unethically, by the Miami and national press.

A RAPID RISE

When a U.S. coastguard vessel intercepted La Esperanza yacht in Puerto Rican waters on October 27, 1997, it was suspected that the vessel was transporting drugs. Instead of narcotics, the agents who went on board found an arsenal of weapons and several suspects, all of whom were linked, in one way or another, to the Cuban-American National Foundation (CANF) in Miami.

Amongst the objects found in a secret compartment were seven crates of ammunition, military uniforms, six radios, a satellite telephone, night vision glasses, and two 50-caliber assault rifles capable of reaching targets more than one mile away, according to a description given by Lieutenant Brendan Pearson of the U.S. Coast Guard Service.

Immediately recovering the file, the astute Pesquera – who sensed there was profitable business involved – directed it in such a way, with the complicity of the defendants’ lawyer (a relative of his), that the individuals on board were acquitted on all the charges. The criminal expedition to assassinate the Cuban head of state on the Venezuelan island of Margarita was transformed, little by little, into an innocent “fishing” excursion, despite an initial confession by one of the suspects.

Meanwhile, Pesquera had already, and swiftly, been paid his reward. FBI chief Louis Freeh did not hesitate to offer him the much sought-after post of Special Agent in Charge in Florida, bestowing upon him almost total control of FBI operations in a heated zone of terrorists, drug-traffickers, fugitive torturers and corrupt policemen.

He arrived at his new offices on Second Avenue and 163rd St. in Miami with the evident mission of offering frustrated CANF leaders spectacular “compensation” for the humiliation suffered in Puerto Rico.

LIGHTNING COMPENSATION

Héctor Pesquera was appointed on September 2, 1998.

At 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, his men, armed with rifles and handguns and wearing bullet-proof vests, burst into the apartments of several Cuban patriots in a spectacular operation worthy of a Hollywood movie, smashing doors and furniture and tying up “suspects” like animals, right in front of their respective families, including several children.

On September 14, the Florida media circulated the spectacular news. For the first time since the start of the Cuban Revolution – that is to say, 39 years! – a “network” of “Castro spies” had been dismantled with the arrest of several of its members.

In a press conference at FBI “headquarters”, chief Pesquera basked in his glory. On the day of that media show, he became a political spokesperson. Credit for the operation was attributed to him and he boldly proclaimed: “we have been investigating the group since 1995 – check the date – that the arrest was “a significant blow to the Cuban government” and that “Castro’s espionage efforts have been defeated.”

And then the police spokesperson unleashed a witch-hunt: “We have done this to bring the public’s attention to the situation,” he affirmed, requesting people to call in with the names of “suspects”.

In an analysis published some months ago, Cuban journalist Lázaro Barredo commented on how the Miami press acknowledged at the time that “many experts could not understand why the FBI had arrested individuals monitoring counter-revolutionary groups on that weekend, when it was precisely that agency which was benefiting from the information they were gathering concerning the violent actions of those groups.”

A few days later during a press conference, Héctor Pesquera – recently appointed FBI chief in Miami – publicly acknowledged for the first time that the arrests had generated contradictory opinions amongst certain officials.

He then added that this case “would never have appeared before the courts” if he had not urged “Louis Freeh directly”. He refrained from referring to Attorney General Janet Reno at that time.

EVERYTHING ENDS UP CONFIRMED

Pesquera’s latest confession to Larry Lebowitz at The Miami Herald confirms the conspiracy inspired by the high-ranking federal police representative’s terrorist friendships.

No one from the Miami “free press” took the initiative to ask Janet Reno for her version of events.

How was it that she was “persuaded” in less than 10 days to take a decision so obviously wrong that no one was “interested in touching the case”?

Speaking on behalf of U.S. President George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, U.S. under-secretary for National Security, recently revealed how the order to arrest the Cuban patriots infiltrated amongst Cuban-American terrorist groups in Miami was given by the White House in the framework of a series of measures taken to please leaders of the Miami mafia community. Rice mentioned how they had uncovered a Cuban espionage network in the United States. In a characteristic manner, she used the same deliberately disparaging descriptions used by the Miami press…at Pesquera’s “suggestion”.

Shortly afterwards, top official Roger Noriega took up the matter once again and offered fresh confirmation of the essentially political nature of the arrests and the rigged trial that followed…with a script edited by Pesquera and the other conspirators.

A LONG AND SUSPICIOUS CAREER

At that time, Special Agent Pesquera had clocked up 27 years service with the FBI and had had a long and rather unusual career behind him.

He worked successively in Tampa, Montevideo (Uruguay) and as supervisor of counterintelligence at the central offices in Washington.

But he had also touched on the subject of drugs many times.

In July 1996, The Washington Times (property of the Moon sect) revealed how an FBI team “led by agent Héctor Pesquera” had arrested an “well-known drug trafficker” holding 323 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $4.2 million.

He arrived in Puerto Rico in 1992 and in 1995 occupied the leading post on the island, “specializing” in the drug trafficking gangs active in the region.

Pesquera’s expert narcotics investigations and his friendships with Miami mafia leaders are, of course, not at all suspicious. Just as it is pure chance that the majority of Miami terrorists of Cuban origin have a history of links with drug trafficking.

Having recently celebrated his 57th birthday and 27 years of service, Pesquera announced his retirement. News of the decision was followed by a farewell dinner attended by more than 200 people, according to the Miami press. They did not, however, publish a list of those particular friends.

To the journalists who revealed his suspicious relationship with controversial businessman and convicted drug trafficker Camilo Padreda, Pesquera flatly denied that he had committed any errors during his time with the FBI.

He didn’t want to touch on the subject of the gold watch that Padreda had helped him purchase or discuss the criminal’s ineffective attempts to pull strings and secure him the Miami police chief’s job.

He also declined to comment on how his bureau tried to cover up the accident that occurred in 1999 in Broward Country in which one of his investigators, David Farrell, caused the deaths of two people through drinking and reckless driving.

THE DISASTROUS FAILURE OF THE AL-QAEDA CASE

Whilst he was devoting his time to pursuing Cuban patriots infiltrating the terrorist groups tolerated by his office in Miami – an office staffed by 150 experienced detectives – he had absolutely no idea of the fact that at least 15-19 terrorists, who would subsequently go on to fly planes into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, were training in the area in which he had overall responsibility for counterintelligence.

Mohammed Amanullah Atta, leader of the Al Qaeda cell, was a student at the Fuman Aviation school in Venice and began piloting Boeing 727 aircraft on simulators at the SimCenter in Opa-Locka.

Waleed Al-Shehri and his brother Wali lived in Daytona Beach. Wali then moved to Boston Beach as did Satam Al-Suqami. Abdulrahman Al-Omari lived in Vero Beach in the vicinity of the two other suspects, Adnan Bukhari and Amer M. Kamfar, where they studied at the Flight Safety International Academy.

Marwan Youssef Al-Shehhi, lived in Venice with Atta; Fayez Ahmed, in Delray Beach as well as Ahmed Al-Nami, Nawaf Al-Hazmi, Sabed Al-Ghamdi, Molad Al-Sheri, Hamza Al-Ghamdi and his brother Ahmed.

Ahmed Al-Haznawi was a resident of Lauderdale-by-sea with Ziad Jarrah.

Al Qaeda terrorists were all over the place!

With false passports, suspicious backgrounds and frequently strange behavior, none of them were detected by Héctor Pesquera’s 150 detectives.

Nevertheless, within a matter of hours, a contingent of detectives was mobilized for the operation that took the Cuban patriots to the worst cells that he could find and initiated the continuous pressure to crush these real anti-terrorist fighters…who were indeed fulfilling their duty to counteract extremist groups.

Freedom Ride for the Cuban Five – Spanish

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Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, y René González, cinco cubanos, fueron arrestados por el F.B.I. por “conspiración” y otros cargos fabricados. El verdadero motivo de su encarcelación fue que infiltraron y recopilararon información sobre los grupos de extrema derecha cubanoamericana en Miami con el fin de evitar sus ataques terroristas contra Cuba.  Los 5 llevan más de 13 años presos por defender la soberanía de su patria.  Unete a la campaña internacional por su libertad. Exijámosle al Presidente Obama su liberación inmediata. ¡Sí Se Puede!

¡UNETE! ¡PARTICIPA!

INICIA Y AUSPICIA: El Puente, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights-NYC Chapter, DC 37/AFSCME-Local 372, Casa de las Américas, July 26 Coalition,  Cuba Solidarity New York, Wives Without Rights Campaign, Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign, Latin America Democracy  Committee, 1119/SEIU, and Occupy Harlem, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, Venceremos Brigade, NYC Jericho Movement, Peoples’ Attorney Michael Tariff Warren, NYC Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC), Fuerza de la Revolución Dominicana (FR/NY),The U.S./Cuba Labor Exchange,. National Network on Cuba (NNOC), La Mesa de Izquierda Dominicana, New Black Panther Party, Peoples Organization for Progress, Mesa Redonda Dominicana, Hartford Committee for Cuba, Bolivarian Circle – NY, Socialist Workers Party (SWP), Cuba In Focus/WBAI Radio, Fundación Andres Figueroa Cordero, Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, International Action Center (I.A.C.) and Workers’ World Party (WWP).

 “¡Pa’Washington Con Los 5!” se une a la campaña “5 Días por los 5 Cubanos” en
Washington, D.C. del 17-21 de abril, 2012, iniciada por El Comité Internacional
por la Libertad de los 5 Cubanos.

Sitio autobús para ir a Washington D.C.

El Barrio – East Harlem
106 St. and Lexington

The Bronx
Hostos Community College
149 St. and Grand Concourse

Washington Heights – Upper Manhattan
Port Authority Bus Terminal
179 St. and Broadway

Lower Manhattan (this bus is full)
DC 37
125 Barclay St.

Tel: 917 – 412 – 4451 Nancy C.

917 – 945 – 9877 Franklin F.

718 – 601 – 4751 Frank V.

SEPTIEMBRE 2012:
CONFERENCIA NACIONAL POR LA LIBERTAD DE LOS 5 CUBANOS

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