In my e-mails this morning……………….
After 16 years of unjust imprisonment in US jails all of the Miami Five
are now free and at home with their families in Cuba. On Wednesday
17 December, Cuba and the United States announced that a prisoner
exchange would take place which would see Antonio, Gerardo and
Ramon released and back home in Cuba.
Rob Miller, CSC Director said: “This is the right thing to do. It is truly
wonderful news for the Five, their families, all those who have
campaigned to see this day and above all for the Cuban people.
We now hope that this will see the end of 50 years of the failed policy
of aggression and blockade and the beginning of a new era of friendly
relations between two countries and two peoples.”
In addition to the release of the remaining members of the Miami Five
President Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced the beginning of
normalisation of Cuba-US relations.
“We have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations, but this does not
mean that the main issue has been resolved, the blockade that
generates economic losses and humanitarian problems in our country
must stop,” said Raul Castro.
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign thanks the thousands of supporters
in Britain and the world who have campaigned tirelessly for the
release of the Five and an end of the blockade.