International Forum with Ideas to Fight Media Silence on Cuban Five

Holguin, Cuba, Nov 19. -Delegates at the VII International Colloquium for the Release of the Cuban Five and Against Terrorism have proposed ideas to fight the silence of the media worldwide regarding the case of The Cuban Five.Gathered in the press room of Expo Holguin, in this eastern province, they shared their experiences in the movements of solidarity with the cause of those anti-terrorist fighters held in U.S prisons since 1998 for infiltrating Miami-based anti-Cuban organizations to avoid terrorist acts against their homeland.

The delegates suggested to use more effectively alternative media, like local, union and political party newspapers to inform the truth about Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, The Cuban Five, as they are known worldwide .

They agreed that national organizations defending prisoners' human rights are useful as a means to tell the world the violations committed against The Cuban Five and their relatives.

Using personalities from the national culture of each country to enhance the disclosure of the truth about the case, donating printed materials about the Five to libraries and using art to transmit information about them, were also among actions suggested.

People expressed especial interest in the work of Cuba Información, an alternative information project committed to reporting on the reality of this country, especially focusing on breaking the silence of the big international media regarding Cuba and The Cuban Five.

The VII Colloquium that began last Wednesday and is scheduled to end today has been a space to share experiences and strengthen the commitment of the activists that fight for the release of these antiterrorist fighters.

Some 300 delegates from 50 countries are participating in the forum.

Cindy Sheehan, a US pacifist whose son was killed in the U.S. war against Iraq, and Italian Giustino Di Celmo, whose son Fabio was killed in a terrorist act in a hotel in Havana, were some of the speakers.

Relatives of The Cuban Five and victims of the mid-air explosion of a Cubana airplane in 1976 that caused the death of 73 people are also delegates in the colloquium. (Prensa Latina)