A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Sunday, August 14, 2005


We urge Fidel Castro to free the people of Cuba.

Yahoo News: Castro urges US to free suspected Cuban spies:

President Fidel Castro managed to speak by telephone with a suspected Cuban spy jailed in the United States and urged Washington to free the man and four others whose US convictions were recently overturned, official media said.

Castro was meeting with the family of the five imprisoned Cubans Saturday when one of the men was allowed to call his wife in Havana, official media said. Castro, who was celebrating his 79th birthday, spoke with the prisoner, Gerardo Hernandez.

The communist leader told Hernandez the decision by a US appeals court to overturn the convictions was a "triumph of the truth and in the best tradition of the American people," according to Cuban media.

"The best they could do would be to free you or try you, which would be worse for them," Castro said.

Hernandez was arrested in Florida in 1998 along with Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, Ramon Labanino Salazar and Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert.
So, they've been in prison for what, 7 years, while the Cuban people have been imprisoned for about 45 years.