As part of the Jornada Tenemos Memoria (We Have Memory Day) virtual forum, organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples(ICAP), representatives of Cuban society demanded the end of the commercial, economic and financial blockade.
Gerardo Hernandez, national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), the largest mass organization in the country, rejected the misrepresentation of Cuba’s situation on the Internet. ‘There are people in the world who have been manipulated by the propaganda and disinformation that proliferate in the networks about our country, and are unaware that the United States has been working for many years to create chaos and a social explosion,’ he said.
He added that the Cuban people live under the effects of ‘a brutal blockade intensified during the Covid-19 pandemic.’
In Hernandez’s opinion, this contradicts the alleged concern by the United States about the respect for human rights in Cuba, and he urged the US government to lift the restrictions that seek to asphyxiate Cuba.
Hernandez, who was decorated as Hero of the Republic, thanked the international community that in its great majority supports Cuba and accompanies the country in its condemnation of the US blockade.
For her part, ICAP Vice President Noemi Rabaza rejected the presentation, discussion and approval of a report ‘that joins the political and economic aggression by the United States against Cuba’ at the European Parliament on Thursday.
Such an action does not agree with the will to strengthen political dialogue and cooperation between Cuba and the European Union, she said.
She highlighted the Cuban government’s work in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in the adoption of measures to boost economic and social development, strengthen the state and non-state sector, boost relations between economic actors and revitalize the agrifood sector.
Cuban journalist Cristina Escobar denounced the intensification of the blockade with unilateral sanctions during the Covid-19 crisis, and described it as a fascist and unjust policy that does not care for people’s human rights.