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Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7pm- 9pm
A Public Discussion with Arnold August & Henry Veltmeyer
Room 2130, McCain Building,
Dalhousie University,
6135 University Ave., Halifax, Canada
This is an open, free event.

Everyone is welcome.


Friday, November 22, 2013, Noon, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.
International Development Developing Studies, Visiting Speakers Program,
McNally Main Building Room 227,

The public is warmly invited.



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Javier Domokos Spoke on the Case of the Cuban 5 in Vancouver Print E-mail

Report: October 19, 2013

“I agree, the Cuban 5 will be free sooner than you think.”


* The Yellow Ribbon Campaign Continues *

Tuesday November 5
U.S. Consulate (Downtown, Vancouver)
1075 W. Pender St. @ Thurlow

The simple phrase“they will return” has been echoed around the world. It has been spoken by peace-loving people everywhere, by artists and intellectuals from actor Danny Glover to 10 Nobel Peace prize winners. Often it is followed by another phrase, “the Cuban 5 will be free.”

Antonio, Fernando, Ramón and Gerardo have now been imprisoned in U.S. jails for over 15 years, but they have never once stopped saying “I will return.”

It is this conviction that fuels René Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5 who was released from prison and is now permanently in Cuba. This is the hope that has led to the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, launched by  René Gonzalez, that has people all over Cuba and the world tying a yellow ribbon to trees, light posts, fences and more to demonstrate their desire to see all of the Cuban 5 return.

This determination is also what brings the Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver to the front door of the U.S. government in Vancouver every month. It is what brings people who believe in justice and dignity to be part of an international pressure campaign demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama free the Cuban 5.

On Tuesday, November 5th, join us for the 96th consecutive monthly picket action to free the Cuban 5 heroes held in U.S. jails, as we go to the steps of the U.S. Consulate to say, “Volveran!”, “They will return!”
Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225237810975363/
For poster click:http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/posters/2013/131105-free-the-cuban-5-picket.pdf

The Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Javier Domokos spoke in Vancouver on October 19th at an event for the Cuban 5 organized by the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver and Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC).
Check out the Working TV coverage of the event here:
Part 1: https://vimeo.com/77646926
Part 2: https://vimeo.com/77652985
For a report and photos about the event click here:

>>Fall Newsletter of the Free the Cuban 5 Committee – Vancouver – Issue #2 http://www.freethe5vancouver.ca/materials/newsletters/2013/FC5C-NewsletterFall-2013-issue2.pdf

>> René Gonzalez and Ricardo Alarcon in a Democracy Now Exclusive – October 24, 2013
Exclusive: René González, Lone Cuban 5 Member Freed from U.S. Prison, Speaks Out from Havana:
Ex-Cuban Foreign Minister on Threats by Militant Exiles & Why Obama Should "Free the 5":
>> Canada: Updates Offered on Case of Cuban Anti-Terrorists  –  October 13, 2013
>> The Cuban Five were fighting terrorism. Why did we put them in jail? – October 4, 2013
Opinion piece published in the Washington Post by Canadian author Stephen Kimber: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-cuban-five-were-fighting-terrorism-why-did-we-put-them-in-jail/2013/10/04/37c556a6-1fca-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html

Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, also known as the Cuban 5, are five men who were wrongly accused and convicted in a U.S. Federal Court of “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other fabricated charges, following their arrest and imprisonment in 1998. The 5 were actually unarmed men involved in monitoring Miami-based terrorist organizations, which since 1959 have been responsible for the deaths of over 3,400 people in Cuba, including one resident of Canada, Fabio di Celmo, in 1997. Through their important work, these 5 men were able to prevent further deaths in Cuba. In April of 2013 René González, one of the Cuban 5, returned permanently to Cuba in a great victory for justice-loving people all over the world. Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio and Fernando remain unjustly in U.S. jails facing sentences up to double-life plus 15 years.

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Free All the Cuban 5 Now!
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Javier Domokos, Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Speaks on the Case of the Cuban 5

Speakers, Multimedia, Discussion

SATURDAY, October 19
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway (One block East of Fraser St.)

September 12, 2013 marked 15 years since the original imprisonment of the Cuban 5 anti-terrorist Heroes. A lot has changed since then. The international campaign demanding their freedom has grown substantially. One of the Cuban 5, René González, has also returned to Cuba permanently. All in all, the Cuban 5 have become the most well known political prisoners in the world. Proof of this was recently demonstrated again through the successful, “Yellow Ribbons for the Cuban 5” campaign initiated by René upon his return to Cuba.  Yellow ribbons covered all of Cuba, and then spread across every continent in the world in an increasingly diverse, coordinated and ongoing effort to raise awareness about this critical human rights case. For the first time in 15 years, the majority of major international press agencies were forced to cover the case at the same time.

The stakes continue to be high. Four innocent men remain in jail 15 years after their original imprisonment, while the U.S.-backed terrorists they exposed walk free in Miami. Gerardo Henandez  continues to face a double life sentence, plus 15 years, and would die in prison if the U.S. government has its way. The campaign to “Free All the Cuban 5 Now!” is at a crucial stage, and the clock of injustice continues to tick.

Please join us for a special event featuring the Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Javier Domokos, to discuss the past 15 years of campaigning for the freedom of the Cuban 5, and the prospects and challenges for the future.

JAVIER DOMOKOS, Cuban Consul General in Toronto, Canada Javier graduated from the Havana's “Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales” (ISRI) in 1992. Since 1992, Javier has been posted in several diplomatic missions around the world including Turkey, Zimbabwe and Kenya, during this time he has also worked for Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Co-Organized by: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba and the Free the Cuban 5 Committee - Vancouver

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