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Release the Cuban Five, US Historian Jane Franklin Advocates

Obama can free the Cuban Five. Photo: PL  American historian Jane Franklin urged US President Barack Obama to use his faculties to put an end to the unfair imprisonment of the Cuban Fuve – antiterrorist fighters held in US for about 15 yeras.

Free the Cuban Five, Serbians Demand

“You have the power of free these men to let them return to in your hands,” wrote Franklin to the US President in a letter published Friday.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez y Rene Gonzalez (in Havana since April 22) were arrested on September 12 ,1998 in the city of Miami, Florida, and were taken to solitaire confinement for 17 months.

So it began the saga of the unjust trial and imprisonment of the Cuban Five, as they are known internationally-emphasizes the author of several books, including “Foreign Affairs 1959-1982,” and “Cuba and the United States: A Chronological History.”

She said that thanks to the Cuban Five and Cuba in the fight against terrorism the lives of not only Cubans but also U.S. citizens have been preserved. Franklin takes the opportunity to remind Obama that international criminals like Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, a man who walked free in Miami until his death, blew up a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people.

The Central Intelligence Agency and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) knew at the time that Posada Carriles and Bosch masterminded the attack, she stresses.

The first one “boasted of masterminding” the bombing campaign that hit restaurants and hotels in Havana in 1997 and 1998, killing and wounding an Italian businessman or others, says Franklin.

In his letter, the historian makes a historical analysis of the context in which the Cuban Revolution triumphed (January 1, 1959) and expresses its destruction has been a persistent goal of U.S. foreign policy since.

This Caribbean island has had a history of harassment and siege that began under then President Dwight Eisenhower with the economic, financial and commercial or explicitly designed to starve the Cuban people or which has remained unchanged to this day today, the writer points out.

The International Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five, a group that published the letter, said that on August 5, a convoking is opened for thousands of messages are sent to the White House, as well as telephone calls and letters. / Source: PL:

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