[Ppnews] Gerardo Hernández: We will always be the Cuban Five
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*Gerardo Hernández: We will always be the Cuban Five*
A New Standard-Bearer
He could have used the same reasons of those who very soon decided to
plead guilty and cooperate with the authorities. After long years of
separation, he already had at his side Olga and Irmita, and had been
able to enjoy for just four months the newborn Ivette.
What to do? Cling to the principles, leaving the three of them alone in
a strange country and face again years of separation? Or "negotiate"
and give them what they asked for in exchange for forgiveness and a new
life? In his mind there was never a doubt, nor was there in his conduct
a moment of hesitation.
Prosecutors knew they had very little against him, and tried to get him
out of the way with offers. It bothered them that he sang "El Necio"
(The Fool) and so they got tough on him. No one saw him crying when
they separated Olga from the girls and they threw her into a cell. He
had to do that in silence, as we all did because of the indignation and
pain we felt when we heard the news, but we never noticed even minimal
despair from him.
He fulfilled with dignity every day of his sentence, and came out with
his head held as high as when he went in, but yet he still had to suffer
the loss of his brother and his father in solitude.
Today each one of the Five is a little more free. Part of us wander
through the streets of this island with him, and we can almost breathe
the air, and bathe under the sun.
Someone asked me if we will now say that we are not five, but four, that
would be a mistake! We are five and we will continue to be five! Today
we have to continue the fight not only for the other four, but for Rene
as well, because we know him, and we know that he will never be really
free until we're all back in the homeland. The difference now is that
this battle, which will be until the end for the Five, has from this day
on a new standard-bearer.
Congratulations Rene! Your four brothers celebrate with you, proudly!
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
Mayo 3, 2013.
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415
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