Chronicle of Visit to Cuban Antiterrorist

Chronicle of Visit to Cuban AntiterroristWashington, Aug 20. -Details of the recent visit of actor Danny Glover and writer Saul Landau to Gerardo Hernandez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorists imprisoned in the USA, appear in a chronicle published on Thursday by the digital web Progreso Semanal.

Glover, renowned actor, and Landau, writer, journalist and member of the Institute of Policy Studies, recount how they felt on meeting with Hernandez in Victorville prison in California.

A "Federal Prison Complex", a high security prison of 192,000 square meters, built six years ago (at a cost of US $101.4 million) to lock up 960 inmates", they write.

When they arrived at the visitors' lobby, a guard gave them a small plastic table surrounded by three cheap plastic chairs on one side for them and on the other side one for Gerardo.

When Gerardo entered the room, he kissed his sister Chavela, then hugged Saul and then Danny. He thanked them for their effort to liberate him from "the hole", a tiny cell where he was held in solitary confinement for 13 days in late July and early August.

In the hole the temperature was 40 degrees, which affected Gerardo because of his high blood pressure. He could not even take his medication. But he believes he was released thanks to the thousands of phone calls and letters from people around the world, said the Cuban anti-terrorist.

In the view of the visitors the two hours passed quickly, and after leaving they managed to watch him standing at attention against a wall, along with another prisoner, near a door to the cells.

Gerardo is serving two life sentences plus 15 years for conspiracy to commit espionage and complicity to commit murder, crimes that were never proven by the US government.

His brothers in the cause Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, agree that of the injustices committed against them, the greatest is the one Gerardo is suffering. The Cuban Five were arrested on September 12, 1998 in Miami. (Prensa Latina)