U.S.: Hands off Cuba! End the Blockade!

Statement by UNAC on the Situation in Cuba.

U.S. Hands off Cuba! End the Blockade!

During his press meeting on Monday, President Biden claimed to support the people of Cuba, some of whom have protested in recent days. But the U.S. maintains a blockade of the country that denies the people food, medicine, fuel and trade with other countries.  It is this economic hardship, imposed by U.S. policy which is the reason for the protest.  At the same time that Biden and the U.S. government cry crocodile tears for the Cuban people, they are strangling them to death with the blockade.  Yet, we did not hear a peep from Biden during the months of protest by the Haitian people demanding that the U.S puppet Jovenel Moise leave office when his term ended, or when the Colombian people flooded their streets demanding their democratic rights from the right-wing, U.S. supported government of Ivan Duque.

The following is a statement by UNAC on the situation in Cuba  Followed by a statement by the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

The United National Antiwar Coalition stands firmly with the Cuban people and their revolutionary government against any US intervention in Cuba’s affairs. We continue our calls to lift the punitive US blockade of Cuba that has caused humanitarian shortages and been tightened during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent disruptions inside Cuba have all the hallmarks of a coordinated campaign to lay groundwork for US intervention, following the regime change playbook used by the United States in nearby Venezuela and Nicaragua, as well as in countries like Libya and Syria to disastrous effect. They coincide with a massive social media offensive featuring hundreds of anonymous accounts that attack public figures who defend Cuba, and spread provocative disinformation like recycled footage from protests in other countries. The United States State Department has spent millions of dollars attempting to turn the masses of Cuban people against the revolution for years. Anti-government organizations such as the Cuban Human Rights Observatory and Cuban Institute for the Freedom of Expression and the Press have received millions from known CIA front groups, such as the National Endowment for Democracy and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Cuban President Díaz-Canel to the people of Cuba: “The order to fight is given, the revolutionaries to the streets”

We have been honest, we have been transparent, we have been clear and at every moment we have been explaining to our people the complexities of the current moments. I remind you that more than a year and a half ago, when the second semester of 2019 began, we had to explain that we were going to a difficult situation. This was taken as part of popular humor and we have remained part of that conjuncture from all the signs that the United States government was giving, led by the Trump administration in relation to Cuba.

They began to intensify a series of restrictive measures, a tightening of the blockade, of financial persecution against the energy sector with the aim of suffocating our economy and that this would provoke the desired massive social outbreak, which sows the possibilities for the entire ideological campaign that It has been done, to be able to call for humanitarian intervention that ends in military interventions and interference, and that affects the rights, sovereignty and independence of all peoples.  [read more]

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