For more than 40 years, Cuban right-wing groups based in Miami have engaged in numerous terrorist activities against Cuba. Also against Cuban-Americans and other people who advocate a normalization of relations between the two countries and an end to the blockade.
In June 2001, Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, Ramon Labanino Salazar, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, and Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo were convicted and will face possible life sentences in U.S. federal prison, for defending their country of Cuba from terrorists based in Miami. They spent 17 months in solitary confinement. After conviction, they were placed into Security Housing Units in total isolation, where they remain.
The five were convicted after a politically-charged trial, in which the U.S. government claimed they were engaging in espionage against U.S. military bases and threatening "national security."
As the Five maintained in their defense, they were strictly involved in monitoring the actions of the Miami-based right-wing groups. In fact, they shared information with U.S. officials when dangerous actions were planned by the terrorist groups they infiltrated.
Civil Rights Attorney Leonard Weinglass, who has joined the defense team for the five men spoke out this weekend at the rally in Washington DC about their case.
- Leonard Weinglass, civil rights attorney.