ALBA-TCP secretary condemns US sanctions against Cuba

Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, on Saturday condemned the new United States sanctions against Cuban officials and institutions.

In a message published on Twitter, the head of the integration bloc reiterated the illegal nature of the spurious lists issued by the US government as part of its hostile policy against Cuba and other nations of the world.

‘(…) Cuba is a synonym of dignity, resistance and solidarity. On the other hand, the US is a synonym of abuses, invasions and looting,’ Llorenti underlined on the social network.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez strongly rejected the alleged sanctions by the United States against the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) and its two main leaders.

On his Twitter account, the head of Cuban diplomacy condemned the inclusion of the police force and its first officers in the spurious lists drawn up by Washington. ‘These arbitrary measures are added to disinformation and aggression to justify the inhumane blockade against Cuba,’ he asserted.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury issued new provisions on Friday against the PNR and two of its high-ranking officers, Oscar Callejas and Eddy Sierra, for alleged abuses during the protests on July 11.

Under the Global Magnitsky Act, they were included in the list of so-called Specially Designated Nationals (SDN), whose assets are frozen and cannot travel to the United States.

The US administration enforces these measures for allegedly violating human rights during the demonstrations, although videos show vandalism and attacks on law enforcement officers and state property.

Under a similar pretext last week, the OFAC also sanctioned the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Army Corps General Alvaro Lopez Miera, and the Special National Brigade of the Ministry of the Interior.

According to Cuban authorities, these restrictions are irrelevant from a practical point of view, but politically they do have implications, since they are part of the aggressive escalation promoted from Washington, which even exerts pressure on third countries to make similar statements against Havana.

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Solidarity with Cuba defies interference and hostile policy

Havana, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Solidarity shows from Mexico, Bolivia, Russia, Vietnam, China and other countries challenge the announcements of interference in internal affairs in Cuba while alleviating the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last week, the arrivals of medicines, food and other supplies and the announcement of upcoming arrivals joined the efforts by nationals in a context also marked by the economic, commercial and financial siege of the United States.

Two planes from Moscow, two ships from Mexico and an aircraft from Bolivia laden with biosafety supplies, medicines, syringes and food arrived in Cuba in the last few days.

Other shipments by air and sea from Mexico will arrive over the weekend, while 12,000 tons of rice are expected to come from Vietnam.

‘All our solidarity with the Caribbean nation, which not only faces the effects of the pandemic but also the brutal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States,’ Bolivian President Luis Arce tweeted before the donation departed.

That hostile policy of more than 60 years affects today more than ever the Cubans’ rights to health care and food, he remarked.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ratified his rejection of the US blockade and interference in Cuba’s internal affairs.

‘There is a delicate situation in Cuba because they suffer from an inhumane blockade, an extreme measure, typical of medieval times that shows great backwardness in foreign policy, and it has nothing to do with the fraternity that should exist between the peoples of the world,’ he acknowledged.

These statements challenge the pressure being exerted by US President Joe Biden and his determination to maintain hostility towards Cuba with more than 240 measures adopted by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

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Cuban foreign minister thanks Mexico for solidarity

Havana, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez expressed gratitude on Saturday to Mexico for the humanitarian aid it has sent, and described the solidarity between the two peoples as unwavering.

In a message published on Twitter, Rodriguez welcomed the gesture by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the face of the aggressive policy of the United States against Cuba.

I thanked the Mexican Government and its president for the help to fight Covid-19 and alleviate the situation caused by the inhumane blockade. The solidarity between our peoples is unshakable, the diplomat tweeted.

On Friday, the Mexican Navy’s ship Libertador Bal-02 arrived in the port of Havana with 612.5 tons of food, medicines and oxygen, at a time when Cuba is also facing a rise in Covid-19 contagions.

This is the first of three vessels announced by Mexico to support Cuba.

A plane from Mexico laden with other supplies will arrive in Havana on Saturday.

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Bridges of Love unites wills to demand end to blockade against Cuba

Washington, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Bridges of Love continues its tour of several cities in the United States to call for the lifting of sanctions against Cuba and to draw up strategies together with other North American groups that fight for social justice.

We want this claim to be not only the movement of a group of Cuban-Americans, but to turn it into something that is at the root of the struggles for demands for social justice in this country, the main promoter of that project, Carlos Lazo, told Prensa Latina.

Now we are heading to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to meet with brothers who are waiting for us to talk about these issues and prepare joint work plans, he noted.

Bridges of Love made a walk in recent weeks from Miami, Florida, to Washington DC, where they were joined on July 25 by several people in front of the White House to demand that US President Joe Biden lift the blockade and sanctions against the Cuban family.

In the US capital, they also held nearly a dozen meetings with congress people or their representatives to ask for the end of Washington’s blockade against Cuba.

They left for Chicago, where they were welcomed by a group of people who support the lifting of the sanctions that weigh on the Cuban people, including City Councilor Byron Sigcho Lopez.

We arrived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, yesterday morning, Lazo said, and met with community members to discuss the blockade and sanctions. We share details of our pilgrimage and create alliances, because the majority of people support the lifting of the US blockade, the activist noted.

‘We have also educated ourselves in the other blockades, in those that exist here in the United States against minorities, poor people…’

These are very fruitful conversations in which plans are made to work together in the future, both for the lifting of the sanctions on Cuba and for other causes of social justice in the United States, he added.

Bridges of Love will continue fighting for that, the Cuban-American professor stressed.

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Russian friendship society launches call to help Cuba

Moscow, July 29 (Prensa Latina) President of Russian Society of Friendship with Cuba (RSFC), Alexei Lavrov, announced today a national plan organized by the group to send solidarity aid to the island, given the difficulties it faces.

In a video conference with Cuban ambassador to Russia, Julio Garmendía, and participation of RSFC executives in more than 20 regions of the country, Lavrov emphasized the importance of making a maximum effort to mobilize all friends of Cuba.

He stated that other organizations wishing to support the Cuban people with priority medicines and other expendable materials necessary to face the health emergency can join the call.

In the exchange through internet, carried out from the House of Latin America in Moscow, the also Russian Deputy Minister of Finance requested the maximum possible broadcast to the call, which will be published on RSFC website (https: // roscuba.ru/).

He underlined that the action will be organized and completed through the non-commercial organization Russian Humanitarian Mission, with the support of the Federal Agency for Collaboration Affairs with the Commonwealth of Independent States, Fellow Countrymen Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation. (Rossotrudnichestvo).

For his part, Cuban ambassador informed the participants about the situation in the Caribbean nation after events of July 11 and emphasized that peace and calm prevail in the country at this time.

He explained that productive activities and mobilizations continue to be carried out and the country’s institutions work normally, within the framework of sanitary restrictions established due to the pandemic.

Garmendía denounced the strong political and communication campaign unleashed against Cuba to encourage unrest and instability in the country, orchestrated and financed from the United States with the participation, he said, of Florida political machinery.

Such maneuvers, he underlined, are added to the economic pressure applied as never before by US government to destroy Cuban Revolution, at a time when the Caribbean nation suffers the multidimensional consequences of Covid-19.

The Cuban diplomat called the attention to the high responsibility of Washington in disturbances that took place in the country, not only because they are the result of years of economic war, but also because of the time in which it has applied a policy of maximum pressure with more than 243 additional measures to the blockade.

He emphasized that despite the attacks, Cuba is and will continue to be a country of peace promoting solidarity and the well-being of all the peoples of the world.

The head of Cuban diplomacy in Moscow asked friends of Cuba to spread the truth about what is happening in the Caribbean nation by all possible means.

Garmendía thanked the support and multiple expressions of solidarity from the people, institutions and the Government of Russia, ‘which have reiterated their solidarity with the Revolution, have denounced the tightening of the blockade and have condemned the fierce campaign of discredit against Cuba’, he said.

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Vietnam donates 12,000 tons of rice to Cuba

Hanoi, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam on Thursday donated 12,000 tons of rice to Cuba to help it face the food difficulties derived from the United States blockade and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following a symbolic delivery of the cargo, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh explained that 10,000 tons were donated by the Communist Party (CPV), the State and people of Vietnam.

The Committee of the CPV in Hanoi donated the remaining 2,000 tons to Havana.

After expressing gratitude for such gestures, the island’s Ambassador to this country, Orlando Hernandez Guillen, quoted First Secretary of the Communist Party and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who described them as a vivid expression of Vietnam’s invariable solidarity and a source of encouragement for the Revolution and the Cuban people.

That solidarity is especially expressed in these moments when the island faces the United States blockade, tightened during the pandemic, and the forces determined to destroy the Revolution using deception and distortion on social media, the diplomat said.

Upon receiving the rice donation this Thursday, Ambassador Hernandez Guillen said, ‘today, we are once again receiving the solidarity, sister, firm hand from Vietnam, geographically distant, but close in our feelings and hearts.’

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Latin America embraces solidarity with Cuba at difficult times

Havana, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia, Mexico and Nicaragua have sent donations to Cuba and lead the solidarity actions in Latin America with the Caribbean nation that is going through a complex situation, including hatred campaign promoted by the United States. Bolivian President Luis Arce stated on Twitter that his country has benefited from Cuba’s solidarity, mainly in the Health and Education sectors, and thanked Cuban authorities and President Miguel Diaz Canel, recalling that ‘love is repaid with love.’

In addition, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador noted that now that there is a difficult health situation in Cuba, ‘instead of blocking, we should all help, so he authorized the trips of two Navy ships that already arrived in Cuba with food, medicines and oxygen. Mexico, as pro tempore president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), has supported Cuba with a donation of 800,000 syringes and needles to contribute to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mexico also announced the dispatch of two ships with humanitarian aid.

In this context, the Mexican Foreign Secretariat also thanked the Cuban doctors for their support, which represents a sign of the historic friendship between the two countries.

For its part, Nicaragua announced the solidarity shipment of food and medicines to support Cuba in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, a gesture thanked by Cuba to the Sandinista Government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.

President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed that Cuba can always count on Venezuela’s support, and demanded the end to the criminal measures imposed by the Yankee empire against the sister nation.

Regarding the current situation in Cuba, he stressed that the Cuban people have been subjected to an unparalleled experiment of social, collective and economic torture, while affirming that ‘imperialism will never be able to colonize Cuba and Venezuela, because they will never surrender, nor will they get down on their knees’.

On the other side of the world, Russia sent two aircraft laden with 88 tons of food and protective equipment, including one million medical masks to Cuba, while Vietnam donated 12,000 tons of rice that should arrive in Cuba soon to help the country face food difficulties derived from the US blockade and the pandemic.

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Bolivia confirms shipment of solidarity aid to Cuba

La Paz, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Luis Arce on Thursday confirmed the shipment of syringes, food and biosecurity supplies to Cuba in the framework of reciprocity between peoples.

All our solidarity with the Caribbean nation, which not only faces the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic but also the brutal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, the president wrote on his Twitter account.

Arce charged that this hostile policy that is more than 60 years old affects more than ever the health and food rights of Cubans.

A plane laden with the solidarity aid will leave for Cuba on Friday 2.5 tons of disposable syringes, 16.5 tons of food and one ton of biosecurity supplies, as explained by Minister of the Presidency Maria Nela Prada at a press conference.

Prada reiterated the inhumane, criminal and genocidal nature of Washington’s unilateral sanctions against Havana, and said that they are the main cause of the current shortages in the Caribbean country.

‘From Bolivia we raise our voices of sovereignty, resistance and solidarity with the Cuban Revolution,’ he said.

That action joins others from countries such as Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam, which have also donated medical resources and food to the Cuban people in recent days.

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Residents in Los Angeles, USA, deny campaigns against Cuba

Washington, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Citizens of Cuban origin residing in the US city of Los Angeles, California, denied the campaigns circulating today on social networks, where they say there are users who are real fake news machines against Cuba.

According to Duane Fernandez, many lies have been told about the situation in Cuba on those Internet platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter.

A participant in a lately demonstration against the US blockade, Fernandez rejected the manipulation of images following the recent riots on July 11 and 12 on Cuba.

Cited by La Opinion newspaper, he pointed out that there are users who have turned those networks ‘into real fake news machines against Cuba.’

He commented on the way in which images have been used that correspond either to clashes in London at the end of Euro 2020 or to protests in 2012 in Madrid, and they publish them as if they were in Cuba.

He acknowledged that the Cuban incidents would not have happened without the shortage of food and medicines, whose current shortage is caused by the impact of the unilateral blockade, which has been in force six decades.

Fernandez also warned of the millions of dollars spent by the US administration to destabilize Cuba, and affirmed there is an ‘army of people’ who spend the whole day on networks shouting things and ‘never talk about the economic blockade.’

‘If the United States decides not to trade with Cuba, why apply sanctions to other nations, commercial companies, banks, officials and individuals for doing business with the Cuban government,’ he wondered.

On July 25, the members of the Bridges of Love solidarity project, after successfully concluding a 2,000-kilometer pilgrimage in Washington DC, demanded in front of the White House, along with Cuban and US activists, that President Joe Biden cease the unilateral blockade and mitigate the suffering of the families on the other side of the Straits of Florida.

The day was extended to several cities across the country such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced on July 17 in Havana, during a multitudinous act in support of the Revolution, ‘no lie has been committed by chance or error, it is all the cold calculation of an unconventional war manual’ against his country.

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Cuba reaffirms commitment to sustainable development at the UN

Havana, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) The first Voluntary National Report presented by Cuba at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development reaffirms the country’s commitment to guaranteeing a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

The document, published on the Presidency’s website, ensures that Cuba is on the path to sustainability with the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions, as part of a national plan until 2030.

The report contains a dozen goals in each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to achieve their fulfillment with higher quality.

According to the Presidency, the National Group for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, an institutional institution to monitor the SDGs in the country, participated in the preparation of the report, along with other alliances.

Establishing permanent communication and feedback channels meant a strength in the assessment, control and accountability at all government levels in the preparation and implementation of UN plan of action, according to the report, which was submitted on Tuesday.

The 2030 Agenda establishes, among its goals, the end of poverty, zero hunger, health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, as well as decent work and economic growth.

It also refers to the development of inclusive industries, the reduction of inequalities, actions in favor of climate, the sustainability of cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, work in favor of underwater life and land ecosystems, peace, justice and solid institutions.

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