[Ppnews] Ricardo Alarcon: The Cuban Five Must be Unconditionally Freed

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Tue Sep 13 12:16:59 EDT 2011


The Cuban Five Must be Unconditionally Freed

Speech given by Ricardo Alarcón at the central 
event held at the Astral theatre in Havana during 
a day of solidarity for the Cuban Five, September 12, 2011.

Translation: Machetera

I will be brief in order for the artists present 
to raise their voices in solidarity with Gerardo, 
Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René.

Today marks the completion of thirteen years of 
an injustice that has gone on far too long for 
the Cuban Five.  They have received the worst 
sentences and most cruel treatment, which among 
other things, has impeded their families from 
visiting them, and reached inhumane extremes with 
the prohibition against Adriana and Olga 
reuniting with Gerardo and René.  They have also 
been punished by the total silence imposed by a 
media tyranny which aims to extinguish the 
solidarity that they deserve and hide the larger 
truth: the Cuban Five are in prison for opposing 
the terrorists who are enemies of Cuba and its people.

On a day just like today, Washington had them 
arrested and tried in a fraudulent and extremely 
arbitrary proceeding, for one reason alone: to 
protect and support the anti-Cuban terrorism that 
was created by the United States half a century 
ago and which has always relied on its active support or complicit tolerance.

Very soon, the current rulers will have to deal 
with the dilemma of whether or not to continue 
the immoral cynicism of their predecessors.  On 
October 7th, René González Sehwerert will leave 
prison after having completed the very last minute of his unjust incarceration.

For René, this would open up a three year period 
of so called "supervised release" which 
constitutes a certain risk for him and an unjust 
additional punishment for him and his 
family.  But it also signifies a challenge for 
the Obama administration, which one would hope it 
will face with wisdom and common sense.  From 
that day forward, we will see one of the most 
revealing, and for that reason, one of the most 
silenced aspects of the sordid process to which 
our companions have been submitted.

I've said before that the case of the Cuban Five 
is irrefutable proof of Washington's complicity 
with the terrorists.  Believe me, I wasn't 
exaggerating.  It is proven in the trial record 
and other documents from the Miami trial.  The 
prosecution urged that the harshest and most 
exaggerated sentences be imposed, but 
furthermore, it insisted that for Washington 
there was something just as important as a 
maximum prison sentence.  This something, that 
they called "incapacitation," consisted of taking 
measures so that after concluding their prison 
terms, none of the accused could ever be able to 
try do to anything to stop the terrorists or their plans.

In the sentence pronounced against René, this 
demand was expressed in these words:  "As a 
special additional condition of supervised 
release, the accused is prohibited from 
associating with or visiting specific places 
where individuals or groups such as terrorists, 
members of organizations advocating violence, and 
organized crime figures are known to be or frequent."

This was proclaimed by a U.S. federal court in 
December of 2001, scarcely three months after the 
abominable terrorist act of September 11th, and 
it was made at the formal and express request of 
the farceurs who unleashed a so-called "war on 
terrorism," based on illegality and lies, that 
has caused the death and suffering of countless 
innocent people all over the world.

While it launched this effort - as cruel as it 
was hypocritical - the Bush regime recognized 
that in South Florida there are individuals and 
terrorist groups, whose location and activities 
are known.  But instead of capturing them and 
putting them on trial, as was its duty, the 
regime shamelessly protected them and demanded 
that neither René nor anyone else bother them.

What will the current government do?  Asking that 
it cancel this sanction against René and dare to 
send its agents to arrest the known terrorists in 
the places where they are "known to be or 
frequent" might be too much.  The possibility 
remains, however, to avoid the problem by letting 
René return to Cuba now, to his home and his 
family.  If René is forced to remain in the 
United States one single day after October 7th, 
President Obama will have to choose which side he 
is on in the struggle against terrorism.

Washington ought to answer for other things.  The 
gross manipulation of the government's supposed 
"proof" against Gerardo in order to accuse him of 
murder and later find itself obliged to 
acknowledge on May 30, 2001, that it was 
impossible to prove the accusation and ask for it 
to be withdrawn in what was called "an unprecedented action."

The full dimension of the government's conspiracy 
with the local media in Miami and with its fake 
"journalists" which it financed with federal 
money so they could lie and create an atmosphere 
of hatred against the Cuban Five, to convict them 
beforehand.  The satellite imagery that it has 
hidden for fifteen years because it shows that 
the incident of February 24, 1996 took place over 
Cuban territory and therefore Washington had no 
jurisdiction or legal basis whatsoever to accuse 
anyone of anything.  Its refusal to admit 
Gerardo's Habeas Corpus petition or to grant him 
a hearing in which he might speak and where the 
government would have to openly discuss its false 
allegations.  What is Washington afraid of?

The official U.S. attitude is essentially one of 
coverup.  If the citizens of that country know 
little or nothing about the subject, they will 
not ask essential questions.  When they 
understand the truth, they will be able to 
persuade President Obama to do what he must: free 
the Cuban Five, each and every one, unconditionally.

Breaking this wall of silence therefore, is of 
the utmost importance.  We will attempt to do so 
by every means possible.  Let song, poetry and love puncture that wall.

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the 
international network of translators for 
linguistic diversity.  This translation may be 
reprinted as long as the content remains 
unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.



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