The following is a guest post by Mel MacGiobúin who is a long standing member of the Gregory Group.
Last Friday marked the 16th anniversary of the detention and beginning of the injustices against the Cuban Five; Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González.
In Dublin the ‘Free the Cuban Five Campaign Ireland’ held an event on the new tram bridge (named after local inner city woman who was 1916 Irish Citizen Army fighter and an active Trade Unionist all her life – Rosie Hackett). Banners, Flags & Yellow Ribbons were displayed on the bridge.
Along with Committee Chairperson Marie Barry & SIPTU Cuban Solidarity spokesperson Jack McGinley, Maureen O’Sullivan TD gave the main address on the injustices to Cuban Five men and their families for the last 16 years and where 3 of the men face up to another 30 years of USA injustice.
There is an irony of the very long jail sentences for those Cuban men who exposed terrorist acts against Cuba, while those involved in terrorism, causing deaths of over 3,000 Cubans and injuries to hundreds more, go free.
Maureen also made the point on the USA trade embargo of Cuba that this blockade is violating human rights of Cuban people and against U.N. Charter, which has been recognised on numerous occasions.
Following the recent International Inquiry on the Cuban Five in London earlier this year Maureen is hopeful that we will soon see Rene and Fernando in Ireland to visit and speak directly to us of these wrongs.
She concluded with a quote of George Orwell ‘In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act’, saying the Friday’s gathering must be revolutionaries.
Three floral wreaths were launched into the river Liffey in solidarity between Ireland, Cuba and remaining Cuban 5 prisoners held in USA.
Cuban Ambassador Hermes Herrera Hernandez & Dublin City Councillor Chris Andrews were present.