For Over A Week Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo Has Been Held In The Hole
At Victorville Prison Without Committing Any Infraction
Once Again the US government has imposed another cruel punishment
against Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban 5 imprisoned in the US
for fighting against terrorism.
On July 21st, without committing any infraction, Gerardo was taken to
the hole. The hole is an inhumane windowless space of 7 x 3 feet
reserved for prisoners who the prison authorities, for what ever
reason, want to isolate. Gerardo is sharing this small space with
another prisoner and there is very little ventilation because the air
comes from just a small vent on the top of a wall. Temperatures in
Victorville are running as high as 105 degrees now and in the space
of this tiny cell it is around 95 degrees. He is not allowed to take
a shower and is being taken outside in a cage only one hour every
other day. Gerardo has been seen by his sister Isabel through a glass
with a phone.
Although Gerardo is still young, 12 years of living in high security
penitentiaries is taking its toll and recently Gerardo began
experiencing some health issues including high blood pressure. In
April he requested a medical appointment and finally on July 20,
three months later, he was seen by a doctor. Currently there is a
bacterium that is circulating through the prison with some of those
cases being serious. The doctor had prescribed a blood test for
Gerardo but instead of receiving that he was abruptly taken to the
hole the next day.
This new harassment against Gerardo takes place at a critical time
when he is preparing his Habeas Corpus presented to the courts in
June. It is alarming that this is the third time that Gerardo has
found himself in the hole while preparing for an appeal.
The violations against Gerardo are endless and it has to stop
immediately. During 12 years he has been denied the basic right to
receive visits from his wife Adriana. Gerardo like his four brothers
is innocent and the United States knows that his only crime was to
defend his country against terrorist attacks.
Instead of freeing them and sending them back to their homeland and
their families, as has been demanded by the Cuban people, 10 Nobel
Prize and thousands of people from all over the world, the Obama
Administration has picked up where Bush left off by punishing Gerardo
at every turn.
Along with the Cuban people and the international community we hold
the US government responsible for the life and physical integrity of Gerardo.
It is very important for every supporter of the Cuban Five and all
justice loving people who receive this message to call, fax, mail or
e-mail immediately to the numbers and addresses below to demand that
Returned immediately to the general population Receive urgent medical
attention Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez Given space and
respect as he prepares for his appeal
US State Department
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Phone Number: 1-202-647-4000
Fax Number: 1-202-647-2283
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Harley G. Lappin
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534
Phone Number: 202-307-3198.
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone Number: 202-456-1111
Fax Number: 202-456-2461.
US Justice Department
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Phone Number: 202-514-2000
Comment Line: 202-353-1555
International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
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