In another international day of the caravan for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than six decades, activists will take to the streets with messages in favor of rapprochement between the two peoples.
According to the coordinator of the Bridges of Love solidarity project, Carlos Lazo, the initiative will also allow paying tribute to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti on his 170th birthday, celebrated on Saturday.
In statements to Prensa Latina, the Cuban professor who resides in Seattle noted that Sunday’s demonstrations are intended to obtain contributions to take powdered milk to pediatric hospitals in Cuba, as well as to reiterate the request to President Joe Biden to delete Cuba from the list of alleged state sponsors of terrorism.
This designation, adopted under Washington’s alleged standards, reinforces the impact of the blockade, in force despite the rejection of the international community and sectors of US civil society.
The solidarity caravans take place on the last weekend of every month and, among other demands, they defend the family reunification program, sending of remittances and trips to Cuba, affected by the more than 240 measures taken during the Donald Trump administration (2017 -2021).
According to Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, these provisions mostly intensified the unilateral blockade, with the aim of suffocating Cuba, hindering sources of income, damaging relations and creating a situation of ungovernability.
From August 2021 and February 2022, the losses caused by this policy were in the order of 3.806 billion dollars, a record sum for a short period like that, the Foreign Ministry reported.