Cuba’s friends in Canada demanded today in Ottawa an end to the US blockade of the island in front of Washington’s diplomatic headquarters, a few days before the vote at the United Nations on a resolution against this unilateral action.
In Toronto, members of the Juan Gualberto Gómez Cuban Association went with posters to the US Consulate in that city to demand the lifting of the economic embargo, a six-decade policy affecting families in the largest of the Antilles.
For its part, the Ottawa Cuba Connections organization outside the US Embassy, for its part, on June 17 urged the White House to repeal the sanctions, as revealed on social media.
Convoys of cars against the blockade are expected tomorrow in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Victoria and also in this capital.
In this way, they join people from other cities in the world who are calling on President Joe Biden’s government to lift the measures that are stifling the Cuban people, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These initiatives come just days before the United Nations General Assembly vote on a new report on June 23 calling for the international community to end the blockade.
In connection with this fact, the Canadian Network for Solidarity with Cuba has invited to participate from June 22 to 23 in a virtual meeting for 24 continuous hours with speakers, cultural performances and a live broadcast of what will happen at the United Nations.
In numbers, the blockade of Washington caused losses to the Caribbean nation between April 2019 and December 2020 of more than nine billion dollars, but the human damage, suffering and shortages for families are incalculable, said the island’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez.
The Cuban authorities assert that this is the main obstacle to the development of the island and constitutes a grave violation of human rights.
US President Joe Biden and other White House officials have emphasized that Cuba is not a priority issue, and despite election promises, the 243 punitive measures imposed by former president, Donald Trump, remain.