On Friday, April 29, 2011, the World Peace Council awarded Fidel Castro the Olive of Peace, for being a constant example in the struggle for the peaceful coexistence of nations. The Olive of Peace [Olivo de la Paz] is a wood sculpture in the shape of the globe topped by olive branches representing peace; it was created by Greek artist Kosta Rotos.
Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcón received the Olive of Peace given to Fidel during the first day of the meeting of the organization’s Executive Committee, which winds up on Saturday, attended by representatives from 40 nations. [. . .]
Likewise, the Brazilian Center for Solidarity with the Peoples and the Struggle for Peace gave Fidel a painting by Ediria Amazonas, which reflects the struggle and historic demands of workers from around the world.
While addressing participants in the meeting, Alarcon denounced that confessed assassin Luis Posada Carriles enjoys Washington’s official protection, and that from US territory he announces future crimes with absolute impunity.
He stressed that, for trying to prevent such attacks, The Five—René González, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and Gerardo Hernández, who were also recognized in the event—were given harsh punishment [incarcerated in the United States since 1998] and are serving long, cruel sentences, in the face of the indolence of the US legal system and the silence of the mainstream media. María del Socorro, president of the World Peace Council, underlined that in the battle to defend world harmony and justice, they will never let up in their efforts to achieve the release of The Five, so the incarcerated Cuban antiterrorists return to their homeland soon.
She also pointed out that participants in the meeting will march at Havana’s Revolution Square on May 1st, International Workers’ Day.