When all the celebrations have ended, we will continue remaining vigilant for Cuba.
7 January 2015
The last three prisoners of the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, are now back free in Cuba since last December 17. This event was the result of a prisoners’ exchange and a joint U.S. – Cuba declaration of taking steps towards normalizing diplomatic relations. The prisoners endured 16 years of imprisonment – judged by most as unjust – and have now joined René González and Fernando González – freed earlier after serving their full sentences. All five have been welcomed back for days of rejoicing and well deserved celebrations in Cuba.
I feel an overwhelming joy for the families of the three remaining prisoners of the Cuban Five, Gerardo, Ramon and Tony. They are finally reunited after 16 long years of painful separation. I think of Adriana who has not seen her husband since he was imprisoned. I try to imagine a Cuba free of the inhuman 53 year long blockade. I try to imagine what this new Cuba-US relationship will look like. What I read from the agreement just disclosed is encouraging but then there is the reality of foreign policy. It is too soon to do an analysis of the events of today. Today I rejoice and celebrate. Allan Gross’ family also needs time to celebrate. Continue reading Time to start new foreign relations based on solidarity between nations.