South American Solidarity Brigade Starts Program in Cuba

Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The 24th South American Voluntary Work and Solidarity Brigade with Cuba started a program of activities in The Caribbean island, to strengthen the links of cooperation with Cuba, and to spread the reality of the island.

Coming from countries of the world such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile, the 158 members of the Brigade will be here until February 5, involved in productive tasks at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (Cijam) which arrives in its 45th anniversary Tuesday.

After placing a flower offering in a monument remembering Mella, and some solemn minutes dedicated to his memory, and the memory of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, the brigade members were received by the workers and the leadership of the International Camp in Artemisa.

The first Vice-President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples of the World (ICAP) Elio Gamez also enhanced the importance of giving to know the Cuban reality, and made special emphasis on the dissemination of the truth about relations with the United States.

Gamez recalled that although diplomatic relations were restored and the previous US administration took some positive steps, the hostility of the US toward Cuba persists.

Major examples of this policy quoted the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed more than 50 years, which immediate cessation is a claim of the island with regard to the normalization of the bilateral relations.

Gamez urged the members of the Brigade to make use of the communication media, the new technologies and social networks to spread the Cuban reality.

During their stay in this Caribbean nation, the members of the Brigade will also participate in the updating of the economic and social model of the country conferences, cultural activities and tours on historical interest places in various provinces.

They will attend next Friday the traditional March of Torchlights, to honor the national hero of Cuba, José Martí, on the anniversary of his birth, on January 28, 1853.

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