Solidarity Activists from 36 Countries Express Support of Cuba

Over 230 members of the 4th Primero de Mayo International Brigade, which groups solidarity activists from 36 countries, today reiterated in the Havana municipality of Caimito their solidarity with the Cuban people and their revolutionary government.

The brigade members have been in Cuba since last April 25 and they participated in May Day celebrations, which were held in Cuba in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the 70th birthday of the Cuban Workers´ Federation.

During a rally held at the Julio Antonio Mella international camp in Caimito, the visitors urged the Barack Obama administration to immediately lift the nearly-50 year economic, financial and commercial blockade maintained by ten previous US administrations against Cuba.

They also demanded the closing of US military bases in different countries, including the naval base located in the Cuban territory of Guantanamo, illegally occupied by the United States against the will of the Cuban people.

The brigade members also joined the international claim for the release of Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez, who have served unfair and extremely long sentences in US high security prisons for more than 10 years now.

They also rejected the violation of human rights committed against the five Cuban men and their relatives who have been denied or limited their rights to family visits.

The Cuban Five or the Miami Five, as they are internationally know, were collecting information on Florida-based US terrorist groups that have committed violent actions against the Cuban people over the past four decades.

The brigadistas expressed their support of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), a regional integration initiative that promotes equal development and helps face the current global capitalist crisis.

The Primero de Mayo brigade will stay in Cuba until next May 10. As part of their activities here, the brigade members have participated in productive work and visited different places of historic interest.