Published on February
CUS Public Opinion Key to Free
The US people must learn about the serious injustice
surrounding the five Cuban anti terrorists, awareness that
is important to achieve justice and free them, stated Gayle
Mclaughlin, mayor of Richmond, California.
She said that important political issues in her country "have
only been solved when there is massive support of public opinion
as it happened with Angela Davis."
The first time she heard about the case was through an International
Organization of Free the Five (Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino,
Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez) and
decided to contact other California mayors.
She told them of the humanitarian issue of family visits and,
specially, the violations against two wives, Adriana Perez
and Olga Salanueva.
This led to an initiative with 12 mayors to write the Attorney
General requesting his intervention to grant visas to members
of their family, she added.
She also mentioned that last year a resolution requesting
to free the Five, in jail since 1998, was submitted to the
Council of Richmond and and it was "approved unanimously".
Particularly, she explained, the 10 years of sisterhood between
Richmond and Regla in Havana is reason enough to demonstrate
our solidarity with our Cuban sisters and brothers.
Referring to President Barack Obama she regretted that he
is continuing the same position of George W. Bush on terrorism
but said she was not surprised. For 50 years US Democrat and
Republican presidents have maintained a hostile and aggressive
policy against Cuba. The same occurs with the war on terror,
she pointed out.
But it is hypocritical that US leaders maintain Five cubans
arbitrarily in prison while they protect real terrorists like
Luis Posada Carriles who walks freely in this country, she
The war on terror is not really -Richmond mayor concluded-
aimed at protecting the people, but at keeping control and
the hegemonical power of the US. /Prensa Latina