Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gerardo Hernández of Cuban Five: ‘Cuba has the right to choose its own destiny’

...Yesterday, that dream of joining together with our people on May Day came true. And the joy was even greater because all of you were here, representing the compañeros from so many countries who worked for so long in the battle for our freedom.  We saw many familiar faces there, as well as others we are getting to know.

Many of you we knew only by name and in the past few days some have come up to us and said, “I am so-and-so” and we joined in a hug. It may be hard to believe, but many of the names we know still don’t have faces associated with them, a result of the isolation we were subjected to for so long. Now we’ve met. Today we’re a big family, which must unite more and more to go forward to the battles ahead.

Over there I see the picture of Oscar López. We still face the battle to free him too, so that he can enjoy freedom as we do today. We still have Mumia Abu-Jamal. We still have Leonard Peltier. We still have other compañeros who are political prisoners. The committees in solidarity with the Five that supported us so much must see what we can do to end these injustices too.

We want Oscar and the other compañeros to know that the Five, now that we are free, will continue remembering you and supporting you.

Likewise, we are ready to join with you to back any just cause wherever our efforts may be needed. Have no doubt that here in our country we will always support you whenever we are asked and we will be ready to do what we can for any cause that summons our modest efforts.


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