We were, we are
and will be the Five
To my brother René in freedom
That September 12, for which there
is no adjective to describe its violence, I was the
last to arrive in Miami and, thus, the last to be
placed in an extremely cold cell, with a bare
mattress, a bedspread and a roll of toilet paper;
all of us in isolation.
never gave up
I am breaking the silence which has
been my refuge during these days. I hope you will
understand the delay and forgive me for it. It has
not been in any way easy to confront the loss of my
brother. Far less so in these conditions. Expecting
the outcome has not lessened the blow.
I am in the prison of my destination,
where René's presence of peace, respect, friendship,
dedication to study and physical exercise still
Yes, it is the medium security
prison in Mariana, Florida.
DEAR participants in the 3rd International Youth
When you read this country’s press
or watch some of its TV channels, you wonder why
there has never been any mention of our case.
Statement by Antonio, Ramón, and
continue until the final victory
Dear brother and sisters of Cuba and the world:
We have already served more than 11 years in
prison and there is still no justice at any level of
the U.S. legal system. Three of us have been
transferred to the Miami Court to be re-sentenced in
compliance with a ruling by the Eleventh Circuit
Court of Appeals, which determined that our
sentences had been erroneously imposed. Our brother
Gerardo Hernández, who is serving two life terms
plus 15 years, has been arbitrarily excluded from
this re-sentencing process. His situation remains
the principal injustice in our case.
August 13, 2007
49 of the Revolution
has been one year since your people celebrated this
date, each in their own trench, serene and willing
to continue constructing the project to which you
have dedicated your fruitful existence.
From the lineage of Titans
August 6, 2007
49 of the Revolution
past year has been one of great optimism and joy,
following your virtuous daily struggle for life and
complete recuperation. We feel deeply proud to have
as Comandante a giant among Titans, one of
those who never abandon a battle, never give up
their dreams. You are our best example and guide.
González’ moral fortitude highlighted
THE moral fortitude of René
González is the major impression that the Cuban patriot left
with Sebastian Paulmier, a young U.S. citizen who was recently
able to visit him in the prison in which he is held in the
It is our pride
and honor to belong
to this people
I read your heartfelt letter with
much pleasure and more, with an elevated sense of
pride in the honor that you confer on us in each
phrase and each expression.
Labañino sends a message to the Cuban people
Labañino, one of the five Cubans imprisoned by the
empire, has sent a message to the people of Holguín
in eastern Cuba, thanking the Cuban people once
again for the battle they are waging for his
with the brother of Rene González, one of the Five
it seem strange that a case with so many ingredients
for a film, a best seller or a high-profile news
item is unknown in the United States?
Were They Protecting Us From?
AT LAUNCH OF BOOK OF CARTOONS BY ONE
In 1996 Noam Chomsky remarked that
"Cuba was the target of more international terrorism than
probably the rest of the world combined". The following
list published in the web site antiterroristas.cu is just a part
of the terrorism directed against Cuba over the last 40 years.
OF THE IMPRISONED CUBANS
Love and humor can do anything
Castro presided over the launch of a book of cartoons by Gerardo
Hernández, one of the five Cubans imprisoned in the United
States on alleged charges of threatening that country’s
from Gerardo and his four comrades
Days of Gerardo Hernandez in the United States Federal Prison at
FOR millions of
Cubans, the living conditions of the Five Cuban Political
Prisoners being held in U.S. prisons is one of their greatest
to the American People
years since Ramón has seen his three little girls
"We are five
loyal Cubans, who for 33 months and five days have endured a
severe imprisonment in the jails of a nation where hostility
against our own is obvious with its authorities.
good to everyone else, even though the pain is killing him,”
affirms Holmes Labañino, Ramón’s father.
tired or disheartened. Only one moment of sadness glistened in
her eyes, like a small patch of nostalgia, when she looked at
the postage stamps she would send Antonio in prison, as if
through those images he would be released into the world to
which he certainly belongs.
Ours may be one of
the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country
Defense statement presented by Gerardo Hernández Nordelo,
december 12, 2001
I would like first of all to express a few words of thanks to a number of federal
government officials who worked throughout our long and complex trial, both inside and
outside this courtroom. I am referring to the translators, stenographers, marshals and
other assistants, who showed a high professional ethic ...
I will wear the prison
uniform with the same honor and pride with which a soldier wears his most prized
Defense statement presented by Ramón Labañino
Salazar, december 13, 200
Your Honor, ladies and gentlemen:
First of all, I join in all of the arguments put forward by my four brothers in this case
and in my recognition of the professional behavior of the officials in this court:
Richard, the translators, the marshals, and Lisa. The criminal attacks on the Twin Towers
in New York and the Pentagon in Washington took the lives ...
I have no reason to
Defense statement presented by René González
Sehweret, december 14, 2001
Before I begin, I would like to propose an experiment
to those present in the courtroom today: close your eyes, and imagine that you are in
downtown New York. Now, when the first firefighter comes along, look him straight in the
eye, very seriously, and tell him to his face that nothing happened on September 11. That
it is all a lie.
More than 40 years
ago, my country and my people were obliged to wake up to the danger and called upon to
defend their freedom
Defense statement presented by Fernando González
Llort december 18, 2001
I share with my comrades who have preceded me here in their recognition and gratitude for
the professional behavior of Richard, the translators who have worked so efficiently, and
the U.S. Marshals. I also share in what has been expressed here by every one of my
brothers at their sentencing hearings.
Act in silence
Defense statement presented by Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez,
december 27, 2001
Allow me to say that I share everything that has been said in this courtroom by my four
brothers in arms: Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labaniño, René González and Fernando
González. They spoke with dignity and courage to the Court.
of Cubans imprisoned in Miami trust that ‘justice will be
of the five Cubans imprisoned for the last three years in Miami
jails, accused of espionage, all expressed their confidence that
"justice will be done" in the manipulated trial
recently completed, whose sentencing hearings began this Monday.
from Ramón Labiñino's first letter
started on September 12, 1998, at about 5:30 a.m. at home.
That's where they arrested us and took us to the FBI
headquarters in Miami for an interview designed to `convince' us
to collaborate and betray, in return for certain promises.
by the heroes