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Free the Cuban Five Now!
Special Contribution
By Int'l Movement for Just World
Protesters demanding the release of the Cuban Five

The Sept. 12, 2007 marks the ninth year of the arrest of the Cuban Five in the United States. The Five — Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez — were accused of "conspiracy to commit espionage" and other charges and sentenced to terms ranging from 15 years to double life in a Miami court in 2001.

The Five were not involved in any act of espionage against the US. They were not in possession of any weapons. Neither did they kill or injure any person. The Five were monitoring Cuban exile groups in the US with an established track record of committing terrorist acts against the Cuban people and the Cuban nation. They were gathering information about the terrorist missions that these groups were planning and had informed the US authorities about what they (the Cuban Five) were doing. And yet they were arrested and jailed after an unfair, unjust trial.

The legitimacy of the activities of the Cuban Five on US soil is underscored by the fact that since 1959 Cuba has been confronted by military invasions, bomb attacks and assassination attempts upon its President, Fidel Castro, all organized from the US by Cuban exile groups with the connivance and collusion of US security agencies. It is because the Cuban Five sought to expose such terrorist activities that the US authorities took action against them. In other words, the unjust incarceration of the Cuban Five is nothing less than a brazen move to protect terrorism!

That US authorities will go all out to protect terrorism and terrorists when it suits their interests is borne out by yet another recent scandal. One of the world's most notorious terrorists, Luis Posada Carriles, the self proclaimed mastermind behind the bombing of a Cuban commercial airliner in 1976 which took the lives of 73 persons including schoolchildren, now lives as a free man in Miami. The US justice system which has unjustly jailed the Cuban Five failed to act against a known terrorist!

The world now realizes that the incarceration of the Cuban Five is a terrible travesty of justice. Committees demanding liberty for the Cuban Five have been formed in a 100 countries. People's petitions with signatures from international personalities including Nobel Laureates have been sent to the US Attorney General asking that the prisoners be released immediately. Human rights NGOs from different parts of the world have also come out in support of the Cuban Five.

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) joins the growing chorus of voices from around the globe to plead for justice for the Cuban Five.

Free the Cuban Five immediately!

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