Student Event in D.C. for Dr. Biscet

Friday, July 24, 2009
GWU Student Group Urges Release of Cuban Physician in Prison
Students to Host Balloon Giveaway in Georgetown
 
Students from The George Washington University Students for a Free Cuba organization will be giving away balloons urging the release of Cuban political prisoner Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet. Dr. Biscet, who is currently serving his tenth year of a 25 year prison sentence for his human rights work on the island, has been adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. He has also received the United States Medal of Freedom.
 
This Saturday, July 25th on the eve of the anniversary of Fidel Castro's attack on an army barrack which began the revolution, the students will gather at M Street and Wisconsin Ave. in the historic Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, DC. The activity will take place between 10:00am and 3:00pm and everyone is welcome.
 
A card petitioning General Raul Castro to set the black physician free and allow him to rejoin his family in the United States will be made available. The students will also distribute a flyer urging men and women of good will to call on President Barack Obama to include the release of Dr. Biscet and all Cuban political prisoners in any conversation with the Cuban government.
 
GW Students for a Free Cuba also calls on the American people to urge General Raul Castro to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit his political captive. 
 
GW Students for a Free Cuba was founded in 2009 and has hosted several speakers and panel discussions on human rights in Cuba, including Fidel Castro's severing of diplomatic relations with Israel.