New Zealand Says Free Cuban 5

The New Zealand movement of solidarity with Cuba filed a petition Friday to demand that US President George W. Bush immediately release five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters from jail.

The drive began today with an act in this capital, where participants also agreed to send a message of recognition and solidarity to Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.

For the Five, as they are universally known, September will mark 10 years of prison in US, a term that was considered arbitrary and unfair by a UN legal panel.

Pat Bolster, president of the Wellington Solidarity Committee, and Gillian Magee, secretary of that organization, informed attendees to the activity about actions to be carried out to support Cuba like freeing the Five and lifting the blockade.

Cuban ambassador Jose Luis Robaina spoke on advances and the current situation in the island and denounced the unjust condemnation against the five men.

One hundred representatives from several social sectors of this capital, and Auckland and Hamilton cities attended the meeting.

The musical group Los Andes, mainly made up of Chilean revolutionaries emigrated since the bloody military coup by General Augusto Pinochet, sang popular Latin American songs.

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