Miami Five hero Fernando Gonzalez thanks British solidarity at RMT's Cuba Garden Party

Morning Star | Friday, 15 June 2018 | Click here for original article

Fernando Gonzalez with RMT president Sean Hoyle

Fernando Gonzalez with RMT president Sean Hoyle

MIAMI Five hero Fernando Gonzalez thanked the people of Britain last night in a moving tribute to international solidarity.

Mr Gonzalez, who spent over 15 years behind bars in the US for his work against Florida-based groups planning terrorist attacks on Cuba, told the audience at the annual RMT-Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) garden party that the Five had received more letters of support from Britain than any other country and that the British labour movement’s efforts to secure their freedom would never be forgotten.

The counter-terror agent, who now serves in Cuba’s parliament, received a standing ovation as he called for an end to the illegal US blockade of Cuba and the occupation of Guantanamo Bay, which the US uses to house a naval base and concentration camp.

He later thanked the Morning Star for its consistent support, noting that receiving the paper in prison thanks to the efforts of late circulation manager Ivan Beavis had meant a great deal to the Five and fellow inmates.

The packed event was also addressed by Cuban ambassador Teresita Vicente, CSC director Rob Miller and trade union speakers who called for huge protests against US President Donald Trump’s planned visit on July 13.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash reminded guests: “July 14 is Bastille Day. Let’s make this a revolution.”

Fernando Gonzalez speaks at a Solidarity Rally following the CSC AGM at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD at 2.30pm tomorrow (Sat). All welcome and entry free.

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