[Ppnews] Gerardo Hernández: We will always be the Cuban Five

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Fri May 10 10:16:03 EDT 2013

*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
Victorville Penitentiary
Mayo 3, 2013.
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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