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Solidarity Activists Campaign for the Cuban Five at Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Representatives from the National Committee to Free the Five, along with students from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) carried out a series of activities to demand the freedom of the Cuban Five at the Iguazu National Park in Argentina

Aug. 8, 2012
Reprinted from Juventud Rebelde

Representatives from the [Argentina] National Committee to Free the Five, along with students from the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) carried out a series of solidarity activities on Saturday at the Iguazu National Park in Argentina to denounce the injustice committed against five Cuban antiterrorists, and demand their immediate and unconditional liberation after nearly 14 years of unfair imprisonment in US jails.

The Iguazu National Park, located to the north of the Argentine province of Misiones, was created in 1934 and it contains one of the greatest natural beauties of Argentina, the Iguazu Falls, surrounded by the subtropical jungle. Some 80 m high and 3 km wide, the falls are made up of around 275 cascades and rapids that generate vast sprays of water and produce one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.

While thousands of tourists gazed at the landscape in admiration, a group of activists and medical students? mostly native of the Misiones province? arrived in the park on Saturday, August 4, waving Cuban flags and banners in support of the Cuban Five, as the anti-terrorism fighters are also known worldwide.

As they distributed leaflets to visitors containing information on the Cuban Five case, the activists spoke of the unwavering determination of the five Cuban heroes to not give up their revolutionary principles and of the tireless fight of the Cuban people for justice and against US imperialism.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González were arrested and given harsh sentences for monitoring anti-Cuba extremist groups in South Florida that were planning and carrying out terrorist attacks against the island.

Later on, they spoke to visitors about the avalanche of evidence linking Miami-based ultra-right wing organizations with a string of terrorist acts against Cuba resulting in the death of more than 5,000 people to date. To illustrate this, the activists gave the example of the series of hotel bombings in Havana in 1997, which killed Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo; and the 1976 midair bombing of Cubana Airlines Fight 455, which killed all 73 passengers on board, including the Cuban national fencing team.

In addition, they exposed the involvement of US-based criminal groups in the so-called Operacion Condor carried out in the Latin American continent, saying that US terrorists were responsible for at least 17 operatives in Argentina under the dictatorial regime of Videla and Martínez de Hoz (1976-1983).

While campaigning in support of the Five, the solidarity activists ran by chance into the governor of the Misiones province, Maurice Closs, who was at the Iguazu falls attending an official event along with his entourage.

During a fraternal meeting, the young activists gave details to governor Closs about the promotion work they were doing in favour of the Cuban Five, about the fight of the Cuban people and the global efforts being made for their immediate liberation, and presented him with leaflets with information on their case.

     

En las cataratas del Iguazú por la libertad de los Cinco

Militantes del Comité por la libertad de los Cinco y estudiantes de la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, llegaron al Parque Nacional argentino para pedir la libertad de los cinco cubanos

8 de agosto de 2012
Tomado de Juventud de Rebelde

Un día soleado, ideal para que argentinos y miles de turistas de diversos territorios del mundo llegaran al Parque Nacional Iguazú y recorrieran las pasarelas entre la selva misionera que rodea el hermoso lugar en el noreste argentino, una de las grandes maravillas de esta tierra que habitamos, y se asombren mientras transitan sobre alguno de los 275 saltos de agua que llegan hasta los 80 metros de altura.

Mientras esto ocurría, un grupo de militantes del Comité por la libertad de los Cinco y estudiantes de la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM), oriundos de la provincia de Misiones y en particular de la ciudad Eldorado, con banderas de Cuba y carteles pidiendo la libertad de los cinco cubanos presos políticos en Estados Unidos por luchar contra el terrorismo, subieron al tren repleto de turistas que los llevaría a la Garganta del Diablo, el salto más emblemático de las cataratas.

Durante el trayecto repartieron folletos a los visitantes donde se pedía Libertad a los 5, ¡ya!, y explicaron a quienes preguntaban la situación de los Cinco Héroes y la gesta en defensa de la humanidad por la que están presos.

También recordaron que solo en Cuba las mafias de Miami provocaron más de 5 000 víctimas con atentados de todo tipo; que una de las tantas bombas que colocaron, situada en un hotel de La Habana, mató al joven empresario solidario italiano Fabio Di Celmo, y otra voló un aparato de Cubana de Aviación con 73 pasajeros a bordo, según reporte de Alberto Mas, corresponsal del portal Cubainformación en Buenos Aires.

Igualmente explicaron que esas mafias participaron en el continente en la denominada Operación Cóndor, por lo que solo en Argentina son responsables de 17 operativos realizados durante la dictadura de Videla y Martínez de Hoz (1976-1983).

Es a esas mafias que los Cinco monitoreaban para desarticular sus acciones, fundamentaron a los turistas.

Quiso la casualidad que este grupo de militantes solidarios se encontraran con el gobernador de la provincia de Misiones, Maurice Closs, quien asistía a un acto oficial con su gabinete, en las cataratas.

En una amena reunión, los simpatizantes con Cuba le explicaron qué estaban haciendo, en qué consistía la causa que proclamaban, su solidaridad con Cuba, y le entregaron volantes.

Fue un sábado atípico en las cataratas del Iguazú, con un acto por la libertad de los Cinco en la Garganta del Diablo, para que las aguas lleven el reclamo a las propias entrañas del monstruo donde están apresados Gerardo, Antonio, Fernando, Ramón y René.

 

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