For the 28th successive year on November 7th, 2019, the international community will resoundingly reject Washington’s economic war against revolutionary Cuba and its heroic people when the United Nations General Assembly votes on the resolution, Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba. Just a year ago, on November 1st, 2018 by a vote of 189 to 2, the nations of the world massively repudiated U.S. economic aggression against Cuba.
Every U.S. government has pursued the illegal and immoral economic embargo – tantamount to a blockade - of Cuba, zealously pursuing and implementing the extensive series of criminal economic sanctions arrayed against the island nation.
In 2014, the world rejoiced to see the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba in a signed agreement between then Presidents Raúl Castro Barrack Obama. The world held out great hopes that relations between the two countries would be normalized. Canada helped by providing a venue for the talks which led to the improvement of those relations. However, under the administration of Donald Trump, we have witnessed a return to the policy of overt and ever escalating hostility and aggression against Cuba. The United States continues to zealously pursue and implement the extensive series of economic sanctions, including the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which allows U.S. companies and citizens to sue in U.S. courts not only Cuban companies but also Canadian and other international companies engaged in business and other economic activity in Cuba.
The U.S. economic war against Cuba continues unabated, with the objective of negating and extinguishing Cuba’s right to self-determination and independence. Moreover, Washington continues its ongoing campaign of subversion, and maintains the U.S naval base that sits on the illegally occupied Cuban territory of Guantanamo Bay.
The Canadian Network On Cuba, therefore, calls on the Canadian people to join in the efforts of the global Cuba solidarity movement to end the immoral U.S. economic blockade, the occupation of Guantanamo Naval Base and the ongoing campaign to destabilize Cuba. Such an achievement would make a crucial contribution to the worldwide struggle for justice, peace and human dignity.
The Canada-Cuba solidarity movement is confident that the Cuban people can and will overcome any challenges that they face including the latest provocations and the escalation of the U.S. economic war against Cuba. The Cuban people can be confident, that they can count on the ongoing undiminished support and friendship of Canadians. That support and friendship is rooted in the overwhelming respect of Canadians for Cuba's rights, independence and self-determination and a profound admiration for what the Cuban people have accomplished despite facing the unceasing aggression of the United States. This respect and admiration have forged unbreakable ties of friendship between the people of Canada and Cuba.
¡Abajo el Bloqueo!
¡Cuba sí, bloqueo no!
Isaac Saney, CNC Spokesperson
October 27, 2019
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