US Mayors Defend Cuban Five Visits
Havana, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) Mayors of 13 cities of California, US, sent a letter to the US attorney general requesting visas, based on humanitarian concern, for Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva.
Granma daily says the petition is based on regular US official denial to allow both women to visit husbands Gerardo Hernandez at the Federal precinct Victorville, Cal., and Rene Gonzalez, at the Federal penitentiary of Marianna, Florida.
Gerardo and Rene, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, will have been, on September 12, nine years imprisoned due to an illegal trial in Miami.
They had been warning Cuba of plans by US-based terrorist groups whose numerous crimes have claimed since 1959 over 3,500 lives and left over 2,000 wounded and mutilated plus huge damages to the Cuban economy.
Extremist anti-Cuba groups have acted with impunity in US territory with consent of successive US administrations and logistic support from the Central Intelligence Agency.
Among the signatories of the letter are Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond), Robert Lieber (Albano), Sam Pierce (Sebastopol), Emily Reilly ( Santa Cruz), Dennis Donohue (Salinas).
Also on the list are Mary Craton (Canyon Lake), Maricela Morales (Port Hueneme), Elba Guerrero (Huntington Park), Felipe Aguirre (Maywood), Tom Bates (Berkeley), Larry Bragman (Fairfax) Bill Bogaard (Pasadena) and Woody Fridae (Winters).
Copies of this letter were sent to Paul D. Clement, acting attorney general on Alberto Gonzales' up coming leave, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (California), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.