HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 12 (acn) South African trade union organizations demanded the freedom of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States since 1998 for fighting terrorism.
Sidumo Dlamini, president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), ratified COSATU’s willingness to work with other international organizations with the objective of spreading the truth about the case of Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramón Labañino and Rene Gonzalez.
Dlamini urged the U.S. government to immediately grant entry visas to Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez so that they can visit their respective husbands, Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, in jail.
COSATU’s leader talked highly about the Cuban contribution to the liberation of Angola, the defeat of the apartheid and other solidarity actions carried by the Cuban trade union movement with South Africa in different fields.
Raymundo Navarro, member of the National Secretariat of the Cuban Workers Federation told ACN that during the recently held 10th Congress of the African organization, COSATU received the commemorative stamp for the 70th Anniversary of the Cuban trade union organization.
COSATU has more than two million members in 21 groups that represent all the sectors of South Africa.
Sindicalistas sudafricanos exigen libertad de Los Cinco
Relatives of the Cuban Five Received at Belgian Foreign Ministry
HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 12 (acn) A delegation of relatives of the five Cuban antiterrorism fighters unjustly incarcerated in the United States was received on Monday by Koenraad Rouvouy, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The delegation is made up by Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva, the wives of Gerardo Hernandez and René Gonzalez, respectively, who were accompanied by Cuba’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Elio Rodriguez.
During the meeting with the top Belgian official, Perez and Salanueva highlighted the injustice committed against them and their husbands, with the denial of entry visas to visit them in jail.
Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, imprisoned for 11 years now along with Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, were condemned to harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to two life imprisonments.
The Five, as they’re internationally known due to the international campaign in favor of their release, were monitoring the activities of Florida-based anti-Cuban organizations, in order to warn the Cuban people about their criminal actions.
Perez and Salanueva will fulfil a working program in Belgium and in the Great Duchy of Luxembourg, and will participate in the plenary meting of the European Parliament, in the French city of Strasbourg.
Recibidas en cancilleria belga familiares de Los Cinco