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Cuban Five Case Symbolizes U.S. Hostility Against Cuba
The Five from left to right: Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, and also Cuban hero Orlando Cardoso Villavicencio in Moscow. Photo: Cubadebate
The case of the Cuban counter-terrorism fighters shows the hostility of the United States against the revolution in order to destroy it, said Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban Five, who suffered more than 16 years of imprisonment.
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During a press conference in Moscow, Gonzalez said that those who they were following and watching were members of groups trained by the CIA in their dirty war against Cuba.

He told Russian journalists they were monitoring terrorists trained by the CIA with the only objective of preventing violent acts against their country, like the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961.

It is important to understand the link between the United States and terrorist organizations working in theirs territory, that is why they reacted the way they did, by ordering our arrest in 1998, Gonzalez added.

They were sent to the worst prisons in the United States, along with the most dangerous criminals, and subject to punishments like 17 months in isolation cells and deprived of contact with their family for 12 years.

But the Five endured and understood we were in those conditions because we were defending our people and knew we would not be forsakes, said Gerardo Hernández.

The Cuban counter-terrorism fighters visit Russia this week for the official celebrations for the anniversary of the victory over Fascism, invited by the Russian parliament, along with another Hero of the Republic of Cuba Orlando Cardoso, who was imprisoned in Somalia for ten years, 11 months and one day. / PL.

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  • Jeff Young

    I appreciate and admire the Cuban Five, not only for their sacrifice, but also for the way in which they emerged from prison to lead productive and revolutionary lives. State and federal prisons in this country are monstrous facilities which destroy people and create violent criminals. This reality is suppressed in U.S. media, and few people outside this country's poorest non-white communities have any idea what it's like. Thank you for sharing your experiences in U.S. prisons with the world.