The politically charged case of the Cuban Five, aka Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, or the Five Heroes, as they are known throughout Cuba, is gaining momentum not only in their communist homeland, but right here in San Anto.
While some believed The Five were convicted fairly in December 2001 by a U.S. Federal Court for espionage conspiracy and being unregistered foreign agents, The Five argued that they were only here to infiltrate counterrevolutionaries who devised and executed countless acts to topple the Communist government in Cuba, or at least its bearded leader.
On September 12, political organizations and grassroots citizens held a demonstration in front of the Federal Building to raise awareness of the imprisoned Cuban Five.
What to learn more?
Why are people who fight terrorism imprisoned in the U.S. while known terrorists are allowed to walk the streets of Miami freely? That is the question in the critically acclaimed film Mission Against Terror, by Bernie Dwyer and Roberto Ruiz Rebo. It follows the case of the five Cubans currently serving sentences in U.S. jails for trying to prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba. It also depicts the long history of violence against innocent Cubans by right-wing groups based in Miami that are supported by the U.S. (Cuba/Ireland, 48min. 2005)
Mission Against Terror
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