During their second day of stay in South Africa, the five Cubans who were imprisoned in the USA for fighting terrorism traveled to Cape Town, province of Western Cape, to be welcomed at the headquarter of the Parliament.
According to the program, the Cuban Five will meet tomorrow with the International Relations Commission of the Legislative, and the caucus of the African National Congress (ANC).
The Parliament issued its formal resolution in solidarity with this case, and requested in August 2014 the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, the three who remained in U.S. jails.
The tour of Hernandez, Labañino, Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez begins in Western Cape for five of the country’s nine provinces, complying with an invitation by the ANC.
The Cuba Five -as they are worldwide known- arrived in South Africa yesterday, and after their arrival, they received the embrace of a people that made a lot for their release, they said in messages of gratitude.
At the cemetery where they paid tribute to Oliver Tambo, Gerardo said that one day “we will also celebrate the end of the blockade,” which the United States has imposed against Cuba for more than five decades.
It was a boundless affection, Rene told Prensa Latina referring to the initial impressions after the arrival.
Along with the ANC, this visit was organized by the members of the government alliance (Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The Association of Friendship with Cuba in South Africa and the Association of Democratic Lawyers, among others, also played an important role.
The stay of the Cuban Five, to be run until July 3, is the first to carry out together out of Latin America (before, they only have traveled to Venezuela), and is part of the celebrations for the 60 years of the approval of the Freedom Charter.
Awarded with the title of Heroes of the Republic of Cuba, the Cuban Five prevented their country from terrorist actions planned in southern Florida by Cuban exile extremist groups.
On September 12, 1998, they were detained in Miami, suffered solitary confinement and legal process full of irregularities in which they were condemned in 2001 to long and disproportionate sentences.
With their release on December 17, 2014 of Hernandez, Labañino, Guerrero, the three that were in U.S. prisons, the charter of a history that scholarships and figures from different fields have cataloged as a great injustice was closed.
At the end of the 10-day stay in South Africa, the Cuban Five will continue trip to Namibia and Angola, last stop of the tour of Africa.
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