Havana, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) – The solidarity with the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly condemned 15 years ago in the United States today has joined new voices in websites from all over the world. In a video-message posted at http://www.5daysforthecuban5.com, the mayor of Richmond, California, Gayle McLaughlin, states that Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez received long sentences for protecting their country against terrorism.
Of them, Rene Gonzalez is in Cuba after completing his prison sentences and resigning his U.S. citizenship.
“The surprise was great when I knew that the actions sent by the Five, as they are universally known, came from my country”, McLaughlin said. She stated that “a campaign in favor of the antiterrorist immediately began, and it achieved support of the other 13 mayors of the State” and the approval in her own city for a resolution to support the Cuban antiterrorist fighters.
They deserved an award for fighting terrorism, however, unjust sentences were imposed to them, one of them, Gerardo Hernandez, was sentenced to double life term plus 15 years of prison, she said.
The mayor also exhorts to participate in the “Five Days for the Cuban Five” initiative, to be held in Washington on June 4-11 in solidarity with those Cuban men.