Venezuela Confirms Solidarity March for Cuban Five

Caracas, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The Cuba-Venezuela Movement of Mutual Solidarity confirmed a march to be staged on Saturday, June 12, to support the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly held in US prisons since 1998.

Coordinator of the group Laila Tajeldine told Prensa Latina that women, youngsters and workers will take part in the march to demand the immediate release of Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, internationally known as The Cuban Five.

She recalled that they face harsh sentences for defending their homeland from terrorist acts organized in Florida, the US, which have resulted in more than 3,000 people killed and more than 2,000 maimed.

Tajaldine also said that participants will demand the US to extradite to Venezuela confessed murderer Luis Posada Carriles to be tried for the blowing up of a Cuban civilian plane in mid flight in 1976 and other crimes against humanity committed in the South American country.

In April, a court in El Paso, Texas, found him not guilty of the 11 charges filed against him for perjury and immigration fraud, in a trial considered as another attempt to delay his extradition to Caracas.

The organizer of the march denounced the double standard applied by Washington by sheltering terrorist criminals like Posada Carriles and at the same time holding The Cuban Five in jails.

According to Tajeldine, the march will also serve as a forum to reject US sanctions announced last week against the Venezuelan state-run oil company Pdvsa because of its relations with the Iranian energy sector.

The demonstrators are expected to march from El Venezolano Square to the National Assembly headquarters, where they will present a document containing the objective of the event, and then head for Jose Marti Square, the main venue for the gathering.

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