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Posted November 12, 2004 by Dana Garrett in Castro's Cuba

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PRESIDENT of the Namibia-Cuba Association, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, last Friday conferred diplomas of recognition on the five Cubans who are serving what is perceived as unjustified jail terms in the USA.

The diplomas were presented to Ambassador of Cuba to Namibia, Cipriano Castro Saez.
At the event, attended mainly by Cubans currently residing in Namibia, Ya Toivo indicated that the five heroes were arrested for their unmatched courage and heroism in defending their motherland and humanity as a whole.

Ramon Labanino Salazar and Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez are enduring years of unjust political incarceration, said Ya Toivo. They have shown extraordinary bravery and courage in the face of their accusers, in a case where they are plaintiffs instead of respondents, he added.

Equally, Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo and Fernado Gonz�lez Llort served as part of the Cuban International contingent that fought in Angola, he continued, said Ya Toivo, adding that they condemned apartheid and demonstrated extraordinary courage and heroism in confronting the enemy with advanced military technology and fire-power. The enemy tried to disintegrate the people of Southern Africa, to enslave the Angolans and for decades suppressed and oppressed the black majority people of Namibia and South Africa, he said.

Based on that, the three were awarded diplomas of recognition towards the heroic struggle in defeating the apartheid regime that kept back the independence and self -determination of the people of Southern Africa.

In his speech, Ya Toivo indicated that in an outrageous legal process that lasted for months, this group of compatriots was declared guilty of supposed espionage against the United States of America without any evidence or witnesses that could prove they had obtained or searched for information to harm the social security of that country.

“Cuba ratifies its right to defend itself from actions forged against it, by the anti-Cuba mob residing in Florida, that counts on the complicity of the North American administration, whose court houses did not sentence confessed killers like Orlando Bosch, who now freely walks in Miami streets - but they do crucify innocent people,” he said.

On behalf of the Namibia-Cuba friendship Association and “peace loving Namibians”, he re-affirmed commitment to fight for a world where all people are equal before the law and a world where no single nation can dictate the future of other nations.

“We salute their courage and bravery and demand the unconditional release of the five heroes because they have not committed any crime. Many people have and continue to die in Iraq in the name of self-defence, why is this not the case with Cuba? Why the hypocrisy and the double standards?” the veteran Swapo politician said.

Ambassador Suez expressed his gratitude for the solidarity expressed in favour of liberating the five heroes.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 12, 2004 by Dana Garrett with 252 total posts

    I would love to see the regular posters discuss the Cuban 5.  Here are some questions Iíd be interested in getting your views on:

    1.Did the Cuban 5 deserve the sentence they received?  Too long, too short?  Should they be returned to Cuba?

    2. Do you believe they were in the USA gathering intelligence on Cuban exiles hostile to Cuba or the USA government?

    3. Should they be allowed to see their families and children while in prison?

    4. If it is OK for the USA to imprison them for spying, would it also be OK for Cuba to imprison captured spies for the USA?

    5. Was it fair to try them in Miami?


  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 13, 2004 by waldo Parravicini

    1- Hard to tell what is what on incomprehensive Kangaroo courts whose sentences should not count.
    2- For sure on terrorist organizations such as alpha 66 based in Florida and other parts of the US.
    3- Of course, not allowing to see them is unethical, illogical, inmoral, cruel, nasty and a major human rights violator.
    4- What do you realy think?
    5- No!

  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 17, 2004 by Bernardo Benes

    I would like to communicate with Ms. Dana Garrett to thank her oersonally for her recent review of the Book “Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes and Cuban Miami"and the generous words she had for me.


    Bernardo Benes
    305-785-7028 & 305-864-1476.

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