Who is René González?
• Biographical information about René González Sehweret,
one of the
five Cubans found guilty in Miami, revealed on Monday, June 25, during
the roundtable discussion held in Havana
MODERATOR Randy Alonso explained that René was born in Chicago
on August 13, 1956, a few months before Fidel landed in eastern
Cuba to fight for the downfall of the Batista dictatorship.
His Cuban-born father had emigrated to the United States in search
of employment, and was an iron and steel worker. In October 1961
René’s parents decided to return to Cuba because they had
supported the Cuban Revolution since before the triumph of the
René joined the Young Communist League in 1970 and, three years
later, the second contingent of the Manual Ascunce Pedagogical
Detachment, named after one of the literary workers killed by
counterrevolutionary bands that had been operating in the
Escambray mountain range.
He was a teacher at a secondary school in the countryside, in the
municipality of Alquizar, in southern Havana province. He did military
service voluntarily, because – given his U.S. citizenship – it was not
obligatory for him. During that stage, he became a tank driver.
He participated in an internationalist mission in Angola between 1977
and 1979, and upon his return from Africa he graduated as a pilot in
the Carlos Ulloa Aviation School. He was squadron chief at the San
Nicolás de Bari air base in Havana province.
In 1990 he joined the Communist Party of Cuba and months later
left for the United States.