Message of solidarity and thanks from Gerardo

News from Cuba | Saturday, 8 May 2010

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

I am dictating these words via telephone, which is why I must be brief and I will not be able to say everything I would have liked. Yesterday afternoon I was removed from "the hole" with the same speed in which I was thrown in. I had been taken there supposedly because I was under investigation. These investigations can take up to three months, sometimes more, but I was there 13 days. As a known Cuban journalist would say; you can draw your own conclusions...

I want to express to all of you my deep gratitude. You know that they were particularly difficult days due to the excessive heat and the lack of air, but you all were my oxygen. I can't find a better way to summarize the enormous importance of your solidarity efforts.

Many thanks to all the compañeras and compañeros from Cuba and around the world who joined their voices to condemn my situation. Thanks to the institutions, organizations and individuals of goodwill that in one way or another worked to bring an end to this injustice.

To our President Raúl, that so honors us with his support. To the Cuban National Assembly and its President Ricardo Alarcón, a tireless fighter for the cause of the Five. To my four brothers, who sent me messages of encouragement, and who have also suffered and lived under constant risk of suffering similar abuses. And of course, to our dear Commander in Chief: Thank you for so much honor! (I don't know if I should say it, but just the privilege of hearing my name in Fidel's voice makes me feel like thanking those who put me in "the hole"...)

Thank you Comandante, for the joy of hearing you and seeing you as great as ever!

Thanks to everyone for having demonstrated again the power of solidarity which, without a doubt, will one day make us free.

The struggle continues!

A big embrace,

Gerardo Hernández Nordelo

US Penitentiary, Victorville, CA

August 3rd, 2010


Gerardo Hernandez’s Wife Thanks Fidel and Raul Castro’s Support

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 6 (acn) Gerardo Hernandez’s wife Adriana Perez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorists imprisoned in the US, thanked Fidel and Raul Castro, the Cuban people and all those who claimed for her husband to be removed from the punishment cell.

In an interview to the Cuban National News program, Adriana Perez said Hernandez resisted the 13 days in “the hole” in Victorville, California, thanks to his positive personality and the encouragement transmitted by the international solidarity.

Perez said she could feel, as they talked on the phone after he was taken back to his usual cell, that her husband maintains his optimism and good sense of humor and that he always tries to find the humorous side of things.

Perez noted that Hernandez wouldn’t talk about the conditions of the punishment cell until she asked him directly.

He said he could barely breathe because of the lack of oxygen in the cell and the high temperatures, and that he was able to resist thanks to the energy provided by all the people outside claiming for his release.

Perez said Hernandez is facing health problems and that he has not been seen by a doctor yet, however she noted that the most important thing for him has been the reaffirmation of the existence of a growing international movement demanding his freedom, as recognized even by the prison authorities.

Adriana Perez stressed that the fight for the liberation of the Cuban Five must go on until they all return home.

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