This annual meeting brought together a number of union leaders, jurists, members of international solidarity groups, the catholic priest from England Geoffrey Bottoms, a delegation of Haitians legislators, and ALBA ambassadors and diplomats accredited in Cuba.
The main goal of this gathering was to share experiences and to make working plans among the participants, to continue the international campaign for the freedom of the Five in each community of every country represented by the delegates.
The Colloquium started with a bicycle parade for the Five through the streets of Holguin and continued for four consecutive days with a great number of activities. These included plenary sessions, inauguration of a Tents for Peace, exchange between delegates and the family of the Five, visits to Holguin municipalities, and a visit to the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, as well as art exhibits and cultural galas.
In a pre recorded message, President of Cuban National Assembly of People's Power, Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, addressed the delegates on the current legal situation of the case and he thanked the participants for all the work they do for the freedom of the five antiterrorists.
In a powerful display of solidarity for the cause of the Five Cuban Heroes, thousands of women from Holguin, representing all Cuban women, marched through the Avenida Libertadores along with delegates to the Colloquium to the monument of Che Guevara.
THE CUBAN 5 PRESENT AT LABOR CONFERENCE IN TIJUANA
Following the music, Cristina Vázquez, Western States Regional Joint Board Regional Manager Workers United/SEIU, Reymundo Navarro, Member of the Secretariat of the Central of Cuban Workers (CTC) and Alicia Jrapko, US coordinator of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 informed those in attendance about the current situation of the case and the actions taking place in the struggle to free the Cuban Heroes. The evening ended with the presentation of the new documentary done by Saul Landau "Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up"
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5