Camagüey, Mar 12. - The innocence of the Cuban Five and the state of necessity for which they were in the United States to thwart terrorists attacks against Cuba and US citizens have been explained in thousands of letters, emails and phone calls to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Among the letters demanding justice for the Cuban Five was that of Camagüey-resident journalist Sonia J. Castillo Cabreja who asks Eric Holder to allow Rene González –who served a long and unjust 13 year sentence in US jails- to visit his brother terminally ill with cancer in Havana, and can also return home with their loved ones.
In the message, Castillo Cabreja wonders why he is kept in the United States while his brother has fallen severely ill because of cancer? So, she calls for compassion so that these two brothers can meet and hug each other again.
“Please, let René give support to Irma, who is the elderly mother of both. Let that Roberto’s children can have their uncle by their side. Please, let that Irmita and Ivette can have their dad in such a difficult moment. Allow that Olga Salanueva can hold and kiss her husband after such a long, unjustified and cruel separation”, the Cuban journalist wrote.
Citing the wise words of Cuba’s National Hero José Martí, who once wrote that “being good is the only way of being fortunate” Castillo Cabreja urged Attorney General Eric Holder to be good; confident that Rene’s children, wife, family and even the American public will be thankful for that when they learn about the case because they will not accept that the US Government continue riding roughshod over the human rights of this family”.
René González was released from prison on October 2011, but he must be in an “absurd and stand-offish confinement”, that is to say, three years on court probation in the State of Florida.
Although René has requested permission to temporarily travel to Cuba to see his brother, he has not received yet a reply from US officials. This is another chapter of the cruelty of the US authorities against the Cuban Five.
In a recent moving letter sent to his brother Roberto, René states that “from the strange exile, from the sorrow of forced separation, under the most absurd conditions of supervised freedom, based on the dignity of his status as a Cuban patriot (like you) and on the affection nurtured by the ties of kinship and shared experience that unite us, is and always will be with you. Every time you raise your head, you'll be able to hear me shouting, together with my nephews and nieces.”