Yellow Ribbons to Demand the Return of the Five to Cuba

Enrique Ojito

As part of the world campaign to bring Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando González back home, Sancti Spiritus will be also filled with yellow ribbons this September 12th, as proposed by Rene Gonzalez last September 3rd.


Several actions had been already carried out in this central Cuban city, within the framework of the world campaign that will run until next October 6th.

Last Thursday, renowned local intellectuals, attended the circle The 5 for the Five, at the House of the Guayabera. This circle is supported by this institution, the Committee of Mothers for the freedom of the Cuban Five, and by the provincial delegation of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).

ICAP sources announced the celebration of the September 12th rally, in the Serafín Sanchez Valdivia Revolution Square, at 7:30AM, when local residents will demand US President Barack Obama the immediate return to the island of the Cuban antiterrorist fighters.

So that the US administration stops turning its back to this solution, next Thursday actions could be of great importance, when Sancti Spiritus, like the rest of Cuba, “will be filled with yellow ribbons”. This way, we will back the request made by Rene Gonzalez, the only one of the Five who’s already back in the island.

“Rene’s proposal is a great one. This way the US people can get to a better understanding of our request. Actually, they are the ones who could ask their president to be consistent. We hope that Sancti Spiritus residents will join the idea of placing yellow ribbons everywhere, which symbolizes waiting for the arrival of a loved one”, said Magali Llort, mother of Fernando Gonzalez, when interviewed by Escambray and Radio Sancti Spiritus.

ICAP sources also informed about other scheduled activities like sport marathons, and community lectures, and workshops, which will be sponsored by local sport, women, and youth organizations, among others.


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