Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Gerardo Hernández is out of "the hole"!

National Committee To Free The Cuban Five

Gerardo Hernández, Cuban Five hero, has just been
released this morning from isolation after an
intense campaign by his attorneys and thousands
of supporters around the world, including nearly
a thousand emails to the Bureau of Prisons
generated by the National Committee's appeal.

Leonard Weinglass, one of Gerardo's attorneys,
visited Gerardo this weekend along with fellow
attorney Peter Schey. He described this morning
to Gloria La Riva of the National Committee to
Free the Cuban Five the abysmal and cruel
conditions that Gerardo was placed in. "Gerardo
is in great spirits but he's really suffering. In
100+ degree weather, the air was so stifling that
Gerardo was laying on the floor sucking in air
from the bottom of the door. He couldn't take his
blood pressure medicine as his doctor advised him
because the weather was too hot. He couldn't use
the shower because it was scalding hot water. He
was given dirty bedsheets, and he had to resort
to washing them in the toilet."

Weinglass noted that "we sent a five-page letter
to the prison containing all the errors that they
made in putting him in isolation. The letter
outlined their own regulations that they violated."

Gerardo is released!

Moments later this morning, in a new phone call,
Weinglass announced "they've just released him
to the general population!"

It's thanks to the great efforts of the attorneys
and the national and international solidarity
movement with the Cuban Five that this punitive
and unwarranted prison action against Gerardo has
been ended. Thanks to everyone who responded so
quickly to this emergency situation.

Clearly, the struggle must intensify to free
Gerardo and all the Cuban Five from prison. One
thing you can do right now is to send a letter to
Gerardo, letting him know you and all of us are
with him in the continuing struggle. Also, if you
are not already receiving emails from the
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, please
click the link below to add your name to this
low-volume list, so that we'll be able to notify
you if another emergency arises.
Send a letter of support to Gerardo
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Contact us:
Or call: 415-312-6042
Free the Cuban Five Now!
Allow the families' visits!
Grant entry visas to
Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva

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