Cuban Parliament Will Protest against Mistreatment of Gerardo Hernandez
HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 30 (acn) The president of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament), Ricardo Alarcon, announced on Thursday that the island’s legislative body will protest before the international community against the mistreatment of Gerardo Hernandez, one of five Cuban antiterrorists who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States since 1998.
Alarcon denounced on Wednesday the confinement in a punishment cell (the hole) of Hernandez on July 21 adding that Cuba’s procedures to contact prison authorities and the US State Department in order to clarify the situation had been unsuccessful.
Alarcon said that the Cuban Parliament will
begin its plenary session on Sunday with an official declaration condemning
the mistreatment of Gerardo Hernandez, who —along with Antonio Guerrero,
Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez— was arrested in
September 1998 and given excessive sentences for monitoring the activities
of extremist anti-Cuba groups in South Florida that were planning and
carrying out terrorist attacks against Cuba.
During a meeting of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Cuban Parliament on Thursday, Alarcon urged legislators to carry out actions so that the US authorities, at least, return Gerardo Hernandez to his normal life in the penitentiary of Victorville in California.
“But we can’t not be satisfied with that; our
struggle will only end when we have our five comrades back with us and that
will only be possible with our hard work,” Alarcon pointed out.