Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    Locals protest for jailed man in Cuba

    Locals protest for jailed man in Cuba

    By Juan Carlos Fanjul / CBS 12 News

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Judy spilled her heart out to hundreds of


    "22 days from now marks the 3 year anniversary of Alan's unjust

    imprisonment in Cuba," she said.

    Most of the people carrying picket signs along Okeechobee Boulevard

    don't know her, but they care about her and her husband's plight.

    63-year-old Alan Gross was on a humanitarian mission in Cuba, turned


    "Gross was doing a contract in Cuba to provide access to the

    Jewish community. He was detained in December 2009 and now has been

    detained for almost 3 years," said Jared Genser, Gross' International


    The Castro government claims Gross was going to provide the Jewish

    minority and groups on the island a way to connect through the

    internet and plot an overthrow of the government.

    "It has been devastating. He has received a 15 year sentence for

    'undermining the sovereignty of Cuba' for doing nothing more than

    logging on to the internet ," added Genser.

    The group showing a united front outside the Kravis Center in downtown

    West Palm Beach where the Cuban National Philharmonic Orchestra is


    They wanted to send a message to the government-sanctioned musical group.

    "For us this is a gross injustice. This is a humanitarian issue. All of

    us have to be for one another, " said Rabbi Efrem Goldberg.

    For Judy Gross, it's a painfully personal issue. She's worried her

    husband may die in Cuba already having lost already over 100 pounds.

    "It's on my mind 24 hours a day. Regular, every day living is hard. I

    have to stay on my full time job. So, I have two full-time jobs, my

    regular work and my work to free him," added Gross.