Activists Stage March for the Cuban Five in El Salvador 1

Havana, Cuba, June 18.-  Solidarity with Cuba organizations marched in Chalchuapa city, El Salvador, in demand of the release of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the United States.

The march came in as conclusion of a tribute-paying ceremony on the anniversary of the birthdays of Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara and Independence Hero Antonio Maceo.  Members of the solidarity organizations, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, and the Cuban embassy in El Salvador held the ceremony at the monument of Che Guevara in the eastern Salvadorian city.  The monument is located on a street close to the Maya ruins of Tazumal, which Che visited in 1954, PL news agency reported.

At the end of the ceremony, participants marched up to the central park of the city voicing slogans against the US economic blockade of Cuba and in demand of the release of Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez y Rene González, internationally known as the Cuban Five.  Following the demonstration, participants inaugurated an exhibit of photos in solidarity with the Cuban Five and denouncing US aggressions against other nations.  Activist Raul Martinez denounced the arbitrary incarceration of the five Cubans, who sacrificed their own lives to protect their homeland from terrorists actions carried out with impunity from US territory.

The unfair incarceration of the five heroes forces them to stay far from their children and their families, even on Fathers’ Day, a date marked in Cuba and El Salvador, said Martinez.  Wilfredo Preza, from the solidarity committed of the western Santa Ana city, sent a message of encouragement to the Cuban Five and their relatives as he stressed that the world struggle for their release will bring them back home.  Chalchuapa city, some 80 kilometers north of the capital San Salvador, was also the scenario last June 5 of a demonstration that joined the “Five for the Five” international campaign, which is usually marked by Salvadoran solidarity organizations.(ACN)

Editor’s Notes:  

1.  ACN is the Cuban News Agency, hence the biased slant.  Please also note that ACN failed to cite the size of the crowd, a strong indicator of a small gathering.  The lack of accompanying photos lends further credence to this opinion.

2.  Likewise, ACN failed to mention that the FMLN continues to exist, in part, thanks to decades of Cuban support.  Additionally, Chalchuapa city and the surrounding area is a longtime FMLN stronghold.

One comment

  1. The U.S. response to Cuban harassment in Havana has historically been to act as a punching bag for the Communists since 1977. The harassment has even extended to the children of American diplomats. In one former situation, dog excrement was placed in a girl’s back pack while the family was away from home.

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