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Kantar in Lebanon demo for jailed 'Cuban Five' in US

Sept. 12, 2008
Reprinted from AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) — About 100 Lebanese, including militant Samir Kantar, who was freed by Israel this summer in a prisoner swap, marched on Friday near the US embassy outside Beirut to demand the release of five Cubans held prisoner in the United States.

"Free the five Cuban heroes," read placards brandished by the protesters who also waved Cuban flags as they demonstrated near barricades and barbed wire set up about a kilometre (less than a mile) from the embassy.

Kantar, the longest-serving Arab prisoner in Israel until his release this summer in a swap, appeared briefly at the protest to show solidarity.

"We have Arab political prisoners in Israel and the Cubans are supporting the Palestinian cause so this is an act of solidarity with the five political prisoners in the US," said Kantar's brother Bassam, who organized the march.

The five Cubans have been held in US prisons for 10 years on charges of espionage.

"Samir Kantar insisted on participating in the sit-in as a message to the US embassy because they promised to track him in Lebanon," Bassam said. "This is a message from Samir that we will also track you (the US) on human rights."

Kantar, 46, was just 17 when he was sentenced to five life terms for a 1979 triple murder in one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history.

He was convicted of killing a police officer, a civilian and a four-year-old child whose head he was accused of bashing with his rifle butt, in a raid in the northern Israeli town of Nahariya.

September 12 marks the 10th anniversary of the imprisonment in US high security jails of the "Cuban Five": Gerardo Hernandez, Gerardo Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzales and Antonio Guerrero.

The United States considers the five convicted spies who passed US military information to the government of communist Cuba.

Cuba maintains the five travelled to the United States in the early 1990s on a mission to gather information about Cuban-American terror attacks against Cuba.

The Cuban government says it passed on information they gathered to the FBI, but this is disputed by the US government.

 

     
Exigen en Líbano libertad para los Cinco Héroes cubanos

13 de septiembre de 2008
Reimprimado de ACN

La Habana, 13 sep (AIN) El Comité Libanés de Solidaridad para la Liberación de Los Cinco realizó una manifestación en las proximidades de la embajada de EE.UU. en Beirut, para exigir la liberación de esos luchadores antiterroristas.

La demostración, en la que se portaban banderas cubanas y libanesas, fotos gigantescas de los Cinco, y un gran cartel exigiendo su liberación, tuvo lugar cuando se cumple el décimo aniversario de su injusta prisión impuesta por las autoridades norteamericanas.

Animada por representaciones de jóvenes que portaban un simulacro de prisión, en el cual había cinco encarcelados que los presentes intentaban liberar, el cantautor Wissam Hamade improvisó un concierto de canciones revolucionarias que fue coreado por los presentes.

Las televisoras y medios de prensa libaneses, desde sus emisiones del mediodía, difundieron imágenes y el objetivo de la manifestación.

Samir Kantar, libanés encarcelado durante treinta anos en las mazmorras israelíes y liberado en julio pasado, encabezó la manifestación, integrada por activistas de derechos humanos libaneses y extranjeros, lideres sindicales y juristas, entre otros.

Junto a la alambrada de la legación norteamericana habló Samir Kantar, quien expresó la solidaridad de los presentes con Cuba y su Revolución, que ha podido seguir adelante pese al injusto bloqueo impuesto por los Estados Unidos a la Isla desde hace casi cinco décadas.

 

 

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