Quito, Apr 2. – Delegates at the 24th Ordinary Congress of the Confederation of Workers of Ecuador (CTE) condemned the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for half a century. The meeting of leaders of that union, established at its 1st Congress in 1944, is made up of the Ecuadorian Federation of Indigenous People, the Confederation of Workers of the Electric Industry and the Confederation of Health Workers, among 14 other federations.
Participants at the meeting, held over the weekend in the town of Santa Elena, in the homonymous peninsula, agreed to express their solidarity with the Cuban Workers' Confederation (CTC) and the Cuban people, as an acknowledgement of their revolutionary work for over 53 years.
They also approved a resolution unanimously and inspired by the defense of the values of democracy and national unity left by Ecuadorian national hero José Eloy Alfaro, and demanded the immediate release of five Cuban heroes unjustly held in U.S. prisons since 1998.
Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González y René González, the Five, as they are internationally known, were condemned to long sentences in prison for fighting terrorist actions organized from the United States against Cuba.(Prensa Latina)