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March Demands Freedom for the Cuban Five

from César Vallejo -

CARDENAS, Cuba.— "Tomorrow they will be leading this march for peace or other noble causes," said Irma Sheweret, mother of Cuban Five member Rene Gonzalez, at an act held in front of the Battle of Ideas Museum in Cardenas in the western Cuban province of Matanzas.




CARDENAS, Cuba.— "Tomorrow they will be leading this march for peace or other noble causes," said Irma Sheweret, mother of Cuban Five member Rene Gonzalez, at an act held in front of the Battle of Ideas Museum in Cardenas in the western Cuban province of Matanzas.

ELIAN GONZALEZ SPEAKS TO THE RALLY ABOUT HIS PHONE CONVERSATION WITH FERNANDO GONZALEZ, ANOTHER CUBAN FIVE MEMBER. PHOTO: RICARDO LOPEZ HEVIA

"Once again the mothers and all the people of Cardenas raise their voices to demand justice and freedom for the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States," said Sheweret. She highlighted that solidarity with the five Cuban men continues to grow and that more and more people around the world are joining in the demand that their sons be freed. "However, the struggle won’t end until they return home," she exclaimed. Numerous banners stated: Freedom Now!

The annual march, which brings together hundreds of Cardenas residents, began at the house of Raquel, Elian Gonzalez’ deceased grandmother, and ended at the Battle of Ideas Museum. The relatives of the Cuban Five were presented with a silver pin made by silversmith Renier Fernandez Cordero.

On Wednesday, Elian Gonzalez celebrated his 13th birthday. It was also the seventh anniversary of the march demanding he be allowed to return home to his family in Cardenas, when he was kidnapped in Miami. The event triggered what is known in Cuba as the Battle of Ideas, an ideological crusade pitting culture, right and reason against ignorance and brute force.

Juan Miguel Gonzalez, Elian’s father, said the march reflects the unity of the Cuban people. He noted: "Today young people in Cuba are better educated and willing to fight for the accomplishments of our society."

An emotional moment of the rally came when Elian spoke of a visit to his school at the precise moment he was talking on the phone with Fernando Gonzalez, one of the anti-terrorist fighters jailed in the US empire.

He said Fernando congratulated him and the other children of Cardenas that also shared his birthday and urged them to strive to be better each day.


        
 
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