This reality is proof of the injustice committed against Gonzalez Llort and his four comrades, all anti terrorist fighters. Fernando was given 19 years in prison. Together with Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino and Antonio Guerrero, his brothers in the struggle, who were given higher penalties totalling four life sentences plus 77 years in prison.

These five men were detained on September 12th, 1998 and submitted to a politicized trial in Miami without legal guarantees, for having infiltrated right wing Cuban American groups which had organized and executed sabotage from southern Florida with the backing of Washington.

The objective of the Cuban Five was to alert the Cuban authorities of criminal actions against the island, inside the US and in other nations. In his words during the trial, Fernando was demonstrating that the irrational hate towards the Revolution had been the result of the White House’s anti Cuban policy, whose actions were aimed at condemning the five while protecting the real terrorists.

More than a self defense, Fernando’s speech strongly denounced the history of attacks against Cuba by successive US administrations starting from the triumph of the Revolution on January 1st, 1959. “…A story in which economic war, biological aggression, together with terrorism, sabotage, paramilitary actions and attempts to assassinate political leaders of the Revolution originated mainly in southern Florida”, said Fernando.

He recalled that the terrorists groups in Miami were created, trained and financed by the CIA, a fact proven in declassified documents by the US government in 1997 and 1998.

And he declared that: “Maybe the complicity and loyalty to the political sector of that society is what guarantees the impunity of their actions against Cuba, offering them security for their activities which are ignored by the authorities and are protected by political pressures in favour of the terrorists in case they are detained. The facts have shown this is the case.”

Later events have proven Fernando’s words, as in the case of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles who has been protected by the Bush administration which refuses to extradite him to Venezuela to be tried for the bombing of a Cubana airliner on October 6th, 1976 killing 73 people on board.

Orlando Bosch, co-author of that crime lives in Miami, thanks to a pardon by ex President George Bush senior. “There cannot be double moral standards. Terrorism must be fought and eliminated whether committed against a powerful nation or small country. There is no good or bad terrorism,” said Fernando.

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