The messages from this evening’s solidarity rally at Belfast City Hall were clear for all to hear – ‘End the Blockade’, ‘No more US Interference’ ‘Let Cuba Live’
The show of support at the event organised by the Cuban Solidarity Forum and supported by the Belfast Trades Council was impressive, colourful and loud.
After nearly seven decades of unrelenting aggression against Cuba and the Cuban people the US, under the presidency of Joe Biden, continues and escalates its belligerence
Despite world opinion, the economic, commercial and financial blockade applied by the government of the United States against Cuba is being maintained and it continues to have profound repercussions on the Cuban economy.
The blockade is deliberately designed to limit Cuba’s right to follow its own development path. The US has opportunistically and criminally tightened the blockade during the pandemic.
But Cuba does not stand alone. In Belfast and in towns and cities across the world the solidarity is tangible, unbroken and determined.
A wall mural expressing opposition to the ongoing economic blockade of Cuba has been unveiled in Belfast.
Party members were pleased to be part of the event and to have the opportunity to expresses solidarity with the people, government and Communist Party of Cuba in the face of increasing provocation and aggression by the United States.
Addressing the gathering, the Party’s International Secretary, Gerry Grainger, said, “The Workers Party condemns the recent attempts to manipulate international public opinion by deliberately spreading misinformation as a pretext for further US intervention against Cuba and its people”.
“The US blockade is the most enduring blockade in history and is conservatively estimated to have cost the Cuban economy billions of dollars over the last 50 years. Every year the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the blockade, only to be ignored by the United States”.
“Despite the weight of world opinion, the economic, commercial and financial blockade applied by the government of the United States against Cuba is being maintained and it continues to have profound repercussions on the Cuban economy. The blockade is deliberately designed to limit Cuba’s right to follow its own development path”.
“It is important that we take every opportunity to condemn these acts of international aggression against the Cuban people and continue to express our support and solidarity”, Gerry concluded.