Cuba Wants Justice Too

ur The Guardian Wednesday October 10, 2001

In view of the government's support for United States decision to wage "war on terrorism and all states that harbour terrorists", we wish to emphatically point out that Cuba is not a terrorist state. Cuba remains on the US state department's official list of "terrorist states" in spite of the fact that at no time has the Cuban government advocated, supported or harboured terrorists. Quite the contrary, since 1959, Cuba has been the victim of hundreds of terrorist attacks emanating from the US itself in which more than 3,000 innocent people have been killed.

Five Cubans are currently being held in a Miami jail awaiting sentence after being convicted of spying on the US when in fact they had been spying on the network of anti-Castro paramilitary groups that have been domiciled in Florida for 40 years. Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerro, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Fernando Gonazalez, were convicted in a flawed trial, using tainted evidence and by a jury that was selected from among the most anti-Castro districts in the United States. One of the individuals they were investigating was Orlando Bosch who is still wanted in Venezuela and Cuba for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner with 73 passengers on board.

We call on the British government to immediately call on the US to cease harbouring wanted terrorists and request the immediate release of the "Miami five".

Tony Banks MP
Tony Clarke MP
Harry Cohen MP
Cynog Dafis AM
George Galloway MP
John McAllion MSP
Alice Mahon MP
Llew Smith MP

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