Call for solidarity to Free the Cuban Five!

23 Jan

International Youth Solidarity Meeting with the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States to be held in Havana, Cuba, April 28th to May 2nd 2013.

16 January 2013

Dear friends,

We are calling on union and social activists to be part of the International Youth Solidarity Meeting with the Cuban Five to be held April 28-May 2, in Cuba, or to help sponsor a young person to attend.

The Cuban Five have been held in US jails for more than 14 years and a call has been issued for young people from around the world to gather in Cuba to show solidarity with them. The gathering will be an opportunity for individuals and organisations from many countries to discuss how we can strengthen the struggle for the release of the Five. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in the May Day celebrations and to learn firsthand about the Cuban Revolution. Those wanting to stay longer can join the annual two week long Mayday solidarity brigade following the conference.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González are five Cuban revolutionaries who in 1998 were arrested by the U.S. government, framed up on espionage conspiracy and other charges, and railroaded to prison with sentences of up to double life plus 15 years.

In 1998 the Five had been living and working in South Florida, gathering information for the Cuban government on the operations of U.S.-based Cuban counterrevolutionary groups. With Washington’s knowledge and backing, these outfits have a long history of
carrying out deadly operations against supporters of the Cuban Revolution—inside Cuba as well as in the U.S. and elsewhere.

We invite you/your organisation to consider sending a delegate to this event, or assist in sponsoring a delegate to represent your organisation. As one of the Five, Gerardo Hernández, said it is the “jury of millions that will make our truth be known.”
Broadening participation from New Zealand will also greatly strengthen what we are able to do here to win more support for the Five.

To register or find out more contact Mike Treen on 029 525 4744; or email:mike.
The U.S. based National Committee to Free the Cuban Five has a website rich in resources at and the Cuban based International Committee to Free the Cuban Five is another place to learn about the widespread support the Five have won from around the world:

Yours in solidarity

Robert Reid
General Secretary National Director of Organising
Email: robert.reid

Mike Treen

National Director
Unite Union

Email: mike


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