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France backs Cuba by condemning US blockade (+Photos)

Bordeaux, France, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The leadership and the local committees of the France-Cuba association underscored on Saturday in their annual assembly their support to Cuba and its people in view of the US hostility and its blockade policy.

In the southern city of Bordeaux, a region famous for its wines, the organization with over six decades of solidarity work towards Cuba discussed its actions in 2023, Cuban reality and the economic, commercial and financial US blockade’s aftermaths on its society.

Delegates from regions, departments and cities such as Ardeche, Cote d’Or, Gironde, Hauts-de-Seine, Herault, Lille, Loiret, Marseille Provence, Midi Pyrenees, Paris, Val d’Oise and Vaucluse are participating in the meeting scheduled until tomorrow.

In the first day interventions, the Association’s Chair Fabrice Leclerc summarized the work of France-Cuba and the presence in events by 2023, among them the Tribunal against the US Blockade, held in Brussels, and shared the relevance of those that will take place by 2024, such as the 19th Continental Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba, in November in Paris, and the traditional Fête de l’Humanité.

Meanwhile, representatives of the committees referred to the need for joint work by associations, trade unions and political parties that support Cuba, the experiences of the initiative to send suitcases with medicines and the search for support from European lawmakers and local authorities for the cause of solidarity.

Likewise, they valued the communicational field, considering that many people in France and Europe think that the US blockade against Cuba ended with the administration of Barack Obama, who left the White House in 2017.

The 243 measures to tighten the blockade, adopted by his successor in the U.S. Presidency Donald Trump, the re-inclusion of Cuba in Washington’s unilateral States Sponsoring Terrorism list and the extraterritoriality of the blockade, were issues denounced in the interventions.

Leclerc read at the beginning of the annual assembly a message of recognition to France-Cuba transmitted by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), which greeted the forum and wished it success. Solidarity makes human beings great and that feeling has greatly helped Cuba to emerge victorious in the rough road it has had to live for the simple fact of defending our independence and sovereignty, the ICAP’s stated to the organization of over 900 members.

Today’s debates did not overlook the international reality, with words of regret for the terrorist attack that left over 60 deaths in Moscow on Friday and condemnation of Israel’s indiscriminate aggression against the Palestinian Gaza Strip.