Havana, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Zambian Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba said in this capital that his country supports the causes defended by Cuba, such as rejection of the U.S. blockade and demands for the release of five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly held in that northern nation.
“Our position regarding the blockade and the Cuban Five is that of permanent support, so you have an ally in Zambia,” said the also General Secretary of the ruling Patriotic Front, who recently visited the Caribbean country.
In an interview published in Granma newspaper, Kabimba described both situations as unjust affronts, analyzed during a meeting where the Front participated last year in Ethiopia, regarding solidarity with Cuba.
For more than 50 years, Washington has maintained an economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island, which according to official data has caused damages valued at $1.066 trillion dollars through the end of 2011, considering the depreciation of that currency against the value of gold in the international market.
Regarding the anti-terrorist fighters Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez were detained in 1998 in the United States, for monitoring Miami-based groups that organized, financed and executed terrorist actions against Cuba.
Gerardo, Antonio, Ramon and Fernando still remain in prison, while Rene Gonzalez is being forced to spend three years more in the U.S. under supervised release after completing his prison term. Activists and other human rights organizations consider it an additional punishment.