South American Brigade of Solidarity Starts Activities in Cuba

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From left to right, Yuli, Sofía and Karina, three sisters from Chile participating in the 24th South American Solidarity with Cuba Brigade.

Havana, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The 25th South American Brigade of Volunteer Work and Solidarity with Cuba started a 15-day program in this country that includes work in agriculture and tours across various historical sites.

Elio Gamez, first vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), welcomed the 122 members of the brigade, from Argentina, Brazil and Chile, at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (in the western province of Artemisa), while thanking the support for Cuba and the effort to participate in production activities.

‘This movement is of great importance to denounce in the world the financial, economic and commercial blockade against Cuba set up by the United States, as well as promoting the reality of Cuba and cope with the defamatory media campaigns,’ said Gamez.

Gamez seized the opportunity to reiterate those present that, despite the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the process towards the normalization of ties, the hostility of the United States continues.

‘We do not negotiate with our principles, we will continue supporting just causes and we will never cease to denounce the attacks of the right-wing against the progressive movements in the world. While others export arms and war, Cubans will continue to export health, culture, education and solidarity, which is included in our foreign policy,’ he said.

The agenda of the 25th South American Brigade includes various activities and lectures related to the life and work of National Hero of Cuba Jose Marti, as well as participating on January 27th in the Marcha de las Antorchas, a traditional night walk held on the eve of the anniversary of Marti’s birth (January 28th, 1853).

They will also visit in the city of Santa Clara (center province of Villa Clara) the memorial to Cuban-Argentinean fighter Ernesto Che Guevara, and in the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia, in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, the site that honors historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro.

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