Blockade of Cuba Has a Genocidal Effect, Nils Castro Says

Havana, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) The Panamanian writer and academic Nils Castro condemned the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, and warned that this unjust policy has a genocidal effect, because it hinders the right to development.

The blockade is an old fossil that in the eyes of the whole world is an absolute failure; however, it has had painful consequences for the Cuban people, the former diplomat told to Prensa Latina during his participation in the 4th Conference on Strategic Studies.

On October 31, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on the Cuba’s draft resolution on the necessity to end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US for almost 60 years, which has caused damage for 9.7 billion dollars, taking into account the depreciation of the US dollar against the value of gold in the international market.

This system of unilateral sanctions is the most unfair and prolonged that has been applied against any country.

‘It is an already extinct species on the planet, but it continues to be a crime against humanity,’ the intellectual warned.

He recalled that on several occasions, the UN has overwhelmingly condemned the blockade, which is also rejected by most US citizens.

The Panamanian academic repudiated the Cuba policy by the current US government, led by President Donald Trump, after some progress was made during the Barack Obama administration.

Nils Castro participated in a forum about ‘The Complexities of a Transitioning International Order: Threats, Challenges and Opportunities’, which took place in Havana from October 24 to 26.

When asked about the current situation in Latin America, he pointed out that there is a counter-offensive by the right wing, which is a problem about which it has been warned for several years.

However, he hoped that future progressive waves will come sooner rather than later, because the neoliberal policies that are being implemented now cause social rejection.

‘Things are happening in Latin America, the left wing has reason to trust be confident that the future belongs to it, but it must learn to play better its role,’ he said.

The Panamanian writer considered these kinds of meetings very productive, because progressive and left-wing intellectuals can exchange ideas.

The event, organized by the Center for Research on International Policy, was attended by representatives of universities and research centers from 26 countries, as well as officials, diplomats and members of civil society.

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