Obama can and should restore justice

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 19 October 2010

by Germán Veloz Placencia

US President Barack Obama must order the immediate and unconditional release of the Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who are still unjustly incarcerated in that nation, affirmed Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, in a message sent to the 300-plus participants in the 6th International Conference for the release of the Five and against terrorism.

This demand should plague him day and night, without rest, without tiring, Alarcón added in the message, in which he acknowledged that the rising wave of solidarity could have an influence on the U.S. president’s conscience and even force him to right this injustice.

The fact that self-confessed criminals Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch are strolling around the streets of Miami or receiving tributes from local authorities is evidence that sponsorship of terrorism exists there and that Cuba continues to be subject to terrorist threats, he stated.

During the first day of the event - which goes on until Sunday - delegates reviewed actions undertaken in support of the Five and confirmed their will to continue circulating the truth in order to incorporate more people into the cause.

One of the speakers was Gloria la Riva, president of the U.S. National Committee to Free the Five, who spoke about the ongoing investigation to demonstrate to the world - with many arguments - that the journalists who most negatively influenced the case of the Five were paid agents of federal institutions.

Relatives of the imprisoned compatriots, including Mirtha Rodríguez and Irma Sehwerert, the mothers of Antonio Guerrero and René González, respectively, and Elizabet Palmeiro, the wife of Ramón Labañino, expressed their thanks for the support received.

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