Vigil for the Cuban Five, September 12th

Cuban 5 posterSeptember 5th: A vigil will be held on Thursday, 12th September, at the Spire in O’Connell Street, Dublin, to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the imprisonment of the Cuban Five.

It will take place between 6 pm and 7 pm, and those attending are asked to wear a yellow ribbon to show their support.

Background

In September 1998 – fifteen years ago –  five Cuban men were arrested by FBI agents in Miami. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez were kept in isolation cells for 17 months before their case was even brought before a court.  The men were accused of the vague crime of conspiracy to commit espionage.  In fact, they were in the US to monitor the activities of groups and organizations responsible for terrorist activities against Cuba.

The US government never accused them of actual espionage, nor did it affirm that real acts of espionage had been carried out.

In spite of the vigorous objections raised by the men’s defence team, the case was tried in Miami, Florida, a community with a long history of hostility toward the Cuban government, that prevented the holding of a fair trial.

The Five were found guilty and given a total of four life sentences and 77 years.  They were were imprisoned in five separate maximum security prisons with no communication between them.  

Earlier this year, following the death of his father, one of the Five – Rene Gonzales – was allowed to return to Cuba and remain there on supervised release in exchange for renunciation of his American citizenship.  He has vowed to continue struggling for the free of the four men who remain in prison.

Further information on Cuba in general and the Cuban Five is available here.

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