y Gloria La Riva, Nov. 14 — Holguín
Yet, he retains that exceptional spirit and optimism that was never dampened while imprisoned.
That was evident from the 278 activists from 51 countries, who heard him speak today at the ninth “International Colloquium for the Cuban Five” here in the eastern Cuban city of Holguín. Everywhere he has appeared in the panels, cultural performances and the streets of Holguín, González received standing ovations.
González recalled his time in prison to urge all to fight the injustice of his four brothers’ imprisonment.
“I was 13 years in prison. I believe that one uses certain mechanisms to confront that situation, mechanisms to grow with, even in the worst circumstances — as I have always said — to leave prison better than when I entered. And one mechanism that I always used was not to count the time.”