EVENTS took place in all the country’s provinces and municipalities with the intention of sending a message to the U.S. government to release the five anti-terrorists heroes detained 15 years ago in that country.
The activities are focused on the demand for justice in the case of Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and René González, in the form of political and solidarity events and meetings.
A large number of them were organized for September 12.
Artists from the western province of Pinar del Río and students at the Hermanos Cruz elementary school produced five paintings honoring the Cuban patriots incarcerated in the United States.
In central Cuba, students at the Ciego de Ávila Medical University headed a march and those present at the José Martí Park chanted slogans, sang and issued communiqués to demand the liberation of the five men who foiled acts of terrorism against Cuba,.
At the emblematic Loma de la Cruz in Holguín, 261 meters above sea level, the highest point in the province, Cubans sang for peace and justice. A giant mural was mounted in the Calixto García Íñiguez Park in the city center. Prior to that, a personal exhibition by Angel Quintana of 15 cartoons for the 15 years of the Five’s unjust detention was inaugurated.
The book Los últimos soldados de la Guerra Fría (The Last Soldiers of the Cold War) by Brazilian intellectual Fernando Morais was launched in Santiago de Cuba and the streets were filled with yellow in the form of clothing, scarves, bracelets, placards and ribbons for the day of solidarity.
In Cuba’s easternmost city, Baracoa, hundreds of sunflowers were tossed into the sea. The people marched and prizes were awarded to the winners of the literary competition My Love for the Five, which involved children, young adults, workers and university students.
Throughout Cuba concerts, cantatas, galas, anniversary events, morning meetings and special activities were organized in workplaces and schools, evoking the names of those killed and maimed by acts of terrorism.
There were also neighborhood debates, roundtables, conferences, workshops, literary events, public hearings, reflective events, documentary showings, contests, children’s and youth festivals.
Fifteen years have passed and Washington continues to ignore the clamor of millions of people who are demanding and immediate end to this injustice, also expressed by human rights organizations, a number of Nobel Prize winners, parliamentarians and legal and religious institutions.