Cuba Students March Against US Blockade, Gain Global Support

Hundreds of Cuban students protested in universities around the country against the U.S. blockade. | Photo: Twitter / @renediana2014

Hundreds of Cuban students protested in universities around the country against the U.S. blockade. | Photo: Twitter / @renediana2014

Last year the U.N. General Assembly voted 191-2 to condemn the U.S. blockade of Cuba, with only the U.S. and Israel opposed to the move.

Cuban students who marched Monday demanding an end to the United States’ blockade against the island have received support from social organizations and political parties from across the globe.

Monday’s protest saw hundreds of university students gathering in different cities to reject the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington that continues to hurt Cuba despite the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

The protest, called “Wasps’ Nest Against the Blockade,” was organized in universities and featured the participation of youth groups and other civil society organizations.

The protests were accompanied by artistic performances with Havana University campus the main center of activities. Students and organizations in other parts of the world also joined the solidarity event with Cuba and condemned the blockade.

Social organizations, governments and individuals from across the world expressed their support, such as the Communist Party of Argentina, the Russian Nobel Physics winner Zhores Alfyorov, the National Assembly in Ecuador, the Vice President of El Salvador Oscar Ortiz, social organizations in Canada and lawmakers in Argentina, Colombia and Italy.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis announced his country would once again vote against the blockade at the United Nations, which will be held on Oct. 26.

In December 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a normalization in relations after more than 50 years of hostilities. The two countries reopened their respective embassies in July 2015, but the blockade—which was imposed after the 1959 victory of the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro which overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista, a U.S.-backed dictator—remains in effect.

Cuba presented a report this year that claims the U.S. blockade on the island nation has cost it US$4.7 billion over the last year and US$753.7 billion over the last six decades. Last year the U.N. General Assembly voted 191-2 to condemn the U.S. blockade of Cuba, with only the U.S. and Israel opposed to the move.

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