Rene Gonzalez’s Father Passes Away


Cándido René González, father of one of the five Cuban heroes imprisoned in the United States, passed away this Monday, in Havana, at the age of 82.

According the Cuban television news, González died from an ischemic stroke, following a long serious illness. His body was cremated and his ashes buried this Tuesday at Havana’s Colón cemetery in a private family ceremony.

The note stated that Cándido González emigrated to the United States in the fifties, and joined the 26th of July Movement in Chicago. He returned to Cuba in 1961, and became a member of the National Revolutionary Militia. He was al so a trade union leader and worked as sugarcane cutter for ten years.

His son Rene Gonzalez is forced to stay in the United States under a supervised release status, after having already served his sentence in 2011 for preventing terrorist actions against his country.

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, and Fernando González were also prosecuted for similar charges, and their freedom is demanded by thousand people in the world.


(Taken from Cubadebate and translated by Escambray)


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