statement condemns new injustice against René
González and calls for solidarity with the Five
CUBAN anti-terrorist fighter René
González Sehwerert was released from Marianna
Penitentiary in the north of Florida, United States
this past October 7 after serving 13 long years of
Since his imprisonment in September
1998, René González Sehwerert, together with his
compañeros Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino
Salazar, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando
González Llort have been forced to endure cruel and
degrading conditions and all kinds of pressure and
abuse, including separation from their families. All
the hatred to which they have been exposed has not
broken their convictions and, with exceptional
stoicism and admirable integrity they have always
maintained exemplary conduct as prisoners.
This dignified and courageous
attitude of our five compañeros, who have never
renounce their principles under any circumstance,
combined with motivations of political revenge which
characterized the legal proceedings which led to
their sentencing, was what prompted Judge Joan
Lenard to impose an additional punishment on René,
by refusing last September 16 a motion to allow him
to return to Cuba and the heart of his family and
people upon his release.
The judge’s decision to uphold the special and
additional requisite of prohibiting him, after
leaving prison, "from associating with or visiting
specific places where individuals or groups such as
terrorists… are known to frequent," included in his
sentence at the express petition of the U.S.
government, is irrefutable evidence that anti-Cuban
terrorists continue to enjoy total impunity and the
support of American authorities.
For more than 50 years successive
administrations in this country have protected
terrorism against Cuba and harbored terrorist
individuals and organizations in that same territory.
Persons responsible for so much pain and death are
living a completely normal life there, with priority
access to the media and with total impunity to
organize and promote terrorism against our country.
The very recognition of this reality on the part of
the judge and the government ratifies the "state of
necessity" which obliged the infiltration of
terrorist groups and demonstrates that the severe
sanctions of the Five are directed at protecting the
real terrorists who, like Luis Posada Carriles, are
enjoying a problem-free life in Florida.
There is no doubt that the United
States government is perfectly well aware that the
fact that René has to reside in that country’s
territory constitutes a serious threat to his life
and physical integrity. The U.S. authorities will be
responsible for anything that might happen to him.
The cause of the Five is becoming
more and more known throughout the world. Thousands
of men and women from all latitudes and social
strata have joined the struggle for their liberation,
including many parliamentarians and legislative
bodies. In the name of the Five and their families,
likewise victims of so much injustice, we thank
every one of you for your support in attaining their
However, it has not been, and is not an easy road,
given that opposing it are revanchism, hatred and
the obstinacy that have always predominated in the
United States in relation to Cuba for not having
been able to break our people. Also opposing us is
the ironclad censorship around this case in the
media, which has only referred to this injustice on
a very few occasions.
We firmly believe that solidarity
can achieve everything and that just causes must
triumph over lies and injustice. For that reason, we
call on all parliaments and members of these, on
political and social forces and groups committed to
the truth and justice, on all upstanding men and
women on the planet, to exert all their influence so
that President Obama does what he has to do: permit
the immediate return of René to the heart of his
family and to release his four compañeros in
struggle and captivity.
Let us make it possible, among all
of us, to see that justice is done.
International Relations commission
National Assembly of People's Power
Havana, October 11, 2011