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Woman needs Canada to support her fight to free Cuban Five

Monday October 4th, 2010, 2:56pm


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Free Cuban Five Rally

Elizabeth Palarmio speaks at a border rally to free the Cuban Five hosted by the Canadian Cuban Friendship Association Oct. 2 at the University of Windsor

Eliizabeth Palarmio came to Canada looking for help in convincing president Barack Obama to release her husband from prison, Saturday at afternoon at the University of Windsor.

Palarmio’s husband, Ramon Labanino, is one of the five Cuban intelligence officials who were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in the United States.  She has been separated from her husband for the past 12 years and believes he has been wrongly convicted.

During a rally to free the Cuban Five, hosted by the Canadian Cuban Friendship Association, Palarmio pleaded for assistance from Canadians.

“We need help from Canadians.  I’m optimistic now because in the left hand is the possibility to free them.  Obama can do it, he’s a lawyer and his roots are different from all the other presidents we’ve had in the United States, but he needs to be pushed.  He needs to feel the support of many people around the world.  People like you here today is our hope.”

The rally marked the beginning of a Canada wide letter writing campaign launched by CCFA – Windsor.   Their goal is to have Canadians contact their MPs in order to put pressure on president Obama, asking him to release the Cuban Five.

For more information on the case of the Cuban Five visit

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