HAVANA, Cuba. - The US coordinator of the Free the Five International Committee, Alicia Jrapko, said the fight for the release of the Cuban antiterrorists imprisoned in the US since 1998 is gaining ground in that country.
Jrapko told Prensa Latina news agency in Washington that “those who live in the United States are aware of how hard it is to get to the public opinion and even more when it is about an issue that has been silenced by the government from the very beginning.”
As an example of the progress made in this case, the activist mentioned the National Latin Congress held in El Paso, Texas, last January 29-31 in which a resolution on the Cuban Five was passed by more than 400 participating delegates from 150 Hispanic-American organizations.
Jrapko explained that the initiatives approved is sending a letter to American President Barack Obama demanding the release from jail of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.
The letter also includes that while the Cuban Five are held in prison, the US administration should grant visas to Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva so they can travel from Cuba to the US to visit their husbands a Gerardo and Rene, respectively, in jail.
The Cuban Five were monitoring Miami-based extreme-right groups, which for nearly five decades have been organizing and conducting with total impunity terrorist actions against the Cuban people ranging from sabotages to assassination attempts against Revolution leaders that have left thousands of dead, wounded and mutilated people and heavy damages to the Cuban economy.