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Issue #1629      March 5, 2014

The CPA welcomes the release of Fernando Gonzalez

On February 28 Fernando Gonzalez completed the final minutes of the unjust incarceration that kept him from his homeland, his people and his family for more than 15 years.

The solidarity movement around the world celebrates the release of the second of Five Cuban anti-terrorists arbitrarily sentenced to unjust sentences of 15 years to more than double life.

The Cuban Five were unfairly tried in Miami, a city hostile to Cuba, and more recently it has come to light that the US government paid journalists to mislead public opinion during the trial.

Against all the odds the solidarity campaign has expanded to all corners of the world including inside the United States where the media has long tried to hide their story. It is an imperative that the American people learn about the plight of the Cuban Five heroes punished for fighting against terrorism against Cuba, organised from US soil.

Cuba and its people have been under siege for more than 50 years. In fact from the very beginning of the Cuban revolution the US sponsored and organised the economic blockade on the island. The blockade on Cuba punishes the entire population and its right to self-determination.

The attacks on the Cuban revolution have ranged from a direct invasion during the Bay of Pigs to numerous clandestine operations aimed at damaging the economy and promoting terrorist attacks that have seen more than 3,000 Cuban lives lost.

The Cuban Five never hurt anyone and were no threat to the US national security. What they did was monitor the activities of the anti-Cuban groups based in Miami and reporting plans that would have resulted in the loss of Cuban and American lives.

We welcome the release of Fernando Gonzalez, who together with his other four brothers never gave up, even to the final moments of his unjust sentence.

We encourage all Guardian readers to continue the campaign for the unconditional release of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labañino. President Obama can exercise his presidential powers and rectify this political and legal wrongdoing by pardoning them and sending them back to Cuba to reunite with their families who together had been suffering this collective punishment.

The Communist Party of Australia welcomes Fernando home and pledges to continue working for the release of the other three Cuban heroes.

Vinnie Molina – CPA National President

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