Crowds flock to US Embassy vigil to support the Miami Five

Up to four hundred people gathered for CSC’s annual candlelit vigil outside the US Embassy in London on Tuesday to call for the immediate and unconditional release of the Miami Five prisoners held in US jails.

On what was a very cold and wet October evening the crowd held flaming candles aloft symbolising their hopes for justice and freedom for the Five heroes and their families after 12 long years of imprisonment.
Present at the vigil was Irma González, daughter of the René González, one of the Miami 5 prisoners.

"I thank you all for your love and support. For 12 years you have been with us every step of the way," she said.

Moving messages were read out to the crowd from Gerardo Hernández, René González and Fernando González.
Gerardo’s message included the following:

'Dear Friends attending the Vigil for the Five in London: Once again you are reunited outside the U.S. Embassy to show solidarity with the five Cubans imprisoned in the United States for defending our country against terrorism. Once again the functionaries of that embassy will ignore your claim or will say that the Five are in prison for the very serious crime of having committed espionage.

Once again we can tell anybody, plain and simple: that is a lie.’

This article, by CSC Director Rob Miller, appeared on the CSC website in October 2010. For the full article please click here

Read the full messages from the Five sent to the vigil