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      Vancouver & B.C. Welcome Cuban 5 Hero Gerardo Hernandez!

      By Noah Fine

      Gerardo Hernandez appreciates support of unions in B.C.
      Vancouver, April 12, 2016.

      During his stay in this western Canadian city, the Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Gerardo Hernandez, expressed his eternal gratitude to Canadian unions for their participation in the international campaign for the release of the Five.

      In meetings held separately with leaders of trade unions including the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF), the Post-Secondary Educators Federation and the Hospital Employees Union, the Cuban antiterrorist fighter launched an appeal to continue supporting the causes of the Cuban Revolution, especially demand the US government to lift the criminal blockade, while thanked on behalf of his four brothers and relatives of the Five for all the support received during the time unjust imprisonment.

      Gerardo was honoured by the warm welcome he received from Victor Elkins President of the Hospital Employees Union; Jim Iker, President of the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF); Teri Mooring, 1st Vice-President of the BCTF; George Davison, President of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) and Terri Van Steinburg, Secretary-Treasurer of FPSE.

      Reprinted from: Consulate General of Cuba-Toronto with additions by Noah Fine

      Vancouver, April 12, 2016

      Click here for the report for the Gerardo Hernandez event in Vancouver

      Click here for Gerardos Speech at the event in Vancouver

      Nanaimo, April 13, 2016

      By Noah Fine

      On Wednesday April 13, after concluding the previous evening a very successful event in Vancouver with more than 250 participants, Cuban 5 Hero Gerardo Hernandez with friends from Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade- Vancouver travelled by ferry to Nanaimo, BC where Gerardo and the Cuban 5 have enjoyed the support of many great friends of Cuba. More than 70 people packed into the conference room of the Nanaimo Harbourfront Public Library for a beautiful and intimate event with Gerardo.

      Barbara Biley, Regional Vice-President for Vancouver Island of the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) and member of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist- Leninist) opened the event as MC and welcomed Gerardo to Vancouver Island. She then welcomed amazing friend, Cuban 5 activist, and Nanaimo resident, Ruth Caspell who read touching sections of her letters from her years of personal correspondence with Gerardo Hernandez while he was held in U.S. prison.

      Following Ruth, Tamara Hansen, coordinator of VCSC gave a short overview of the success of Gerardos visit to the province of British Columbia so far. She was then followed by incredible guest of honor Cuban 5 hero Gerardo Hernandez. Gerardo spoke about his experience during his more than 16 years of unjust incarceration and thanked the people of Nanaimo for their solidarity. Audience members asked many questions to Gerardo some hearing about the case for the first time. The event wrapped up with a loud applause for Gerardo as audience members were invited to get signed copies of Gerardos cartoons.

      Click here for the reports from Gerardo Hernandez events across Canada

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