They demand in Guyana stop of US blockade to Cuba

Georgetown, June 20 (Prensa Latina) More than twenty Cubans and members of solidarity groups on Sunday demanded an end to the United States blockade against Cuba.

Cuban Ambassador Narciso Reinaldo Amador; the head of Guyana-Cuba Movement, Halim Kahn; and the Chief of Cuban Medical Brigade, Ineldo Ruiz, presided the event, which was took place at the venue of the health collaborators in Leonora region.

Before doctors, nurses, Cuban residents and diplomatic personnel, high-school student Richard Ishmael noted that it is a long struggle, the world has repudiated such an inhumane and cruel policy and has said ¨enough¨, he underlined.

Amador, on his behalf, thanked the permanent and firm support from the Guyanese people to his homeland and emphasized that on June 23, at the United Nations General Assembly, the international community will again demand an end to the US criminal blockade on Cuba.

In regard to the UN General Assembly´s vote on a resolution in favor of an end to Washington´s economic blockade against Havana, 15 US cities plus a number of others from the rest of the world expressed their solidarity with Cuba.

The Cuban Government assures that the unilateral measures implemented by the White House are the main obstacle to the country´s development and are a mass violation of human rights, due to the damage, suffering and shortages imposed on families.

Despite the condemnation of the international community, former US President Donald Trump strengthened the blockade to unprecedented levels by passing 243 measures against Cuba.

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Regatta against US blockade against Cuba held in Turin

Rome, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Italians and Cubans on Sunday demanded the lifting of the United States economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba, during a regatta on the Po river, in the city of Turin.

¨Let us row against the blockade¨ was the slogan of an initiative promoted by the Agency for Cultural and Economic Exchange with Cuba (CEECA), the National Coordinating Agency of Cuban Residents in Italy, Piedmont to Cuba, Turin and Cuba, Cuba va Group, and the Cuba-Italy Studies Center.

Other organizers of the three-hour-long demonstration were Europe for Cuba, Turin and Anti-imperialist Latinamerica and Gino Doné Brigade.

Around fifty participants demanded the end to the US blockade from their boats, some fifty others did the same from the Umberto I bridge, where they chanted slogans such as ¨Cuba Yes, Yankees, No¨ and ¨Yes for Cuba, no more blockade¨, while they held allegoric signs and Cuban flags.

In statements to Prensa Latina, CEECA President Michele Curto expressed satisfaction with the results and underlined the unitary nature of the demonstration, which is supported by a wide range of other political, social and union organizations determined to convey a strong message to the world against blockade to Cuba.

The organizers said that an episode of the documentary series ¨War against Cuba¨, produced by Oliver Stone and Danny Glover, will be screened on Monday in the framework of the 6th Evergreen Fest, a traditional artistic-cultural summer event in the capital of the region of Piedmont.

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‘Biden Lift the Blockade’, Solidarity Groups With Cuba Demand

Activists gather in the U.S., Jun. 20, 2021.
Activists gather in the U.S., Jun. 20, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @lianystr

On June 23, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will vote for a resolution to end the U.S. blockade against the Caribbean island.

June 20 (teleSUR) On Sunday, solidarity groups with Cuba worldwide demanded U.S. President Joe Biden lift the inhumane blockade hampering the Cuban economy.

The worldwide rally is part of the Cuban-American sponsored initiative “Bridges of Love,” which aims to call attention to the need to change the U.S policy towards Cuba.

Hundreds of bike riders waving Cuban flags gathered in Holguin. Likewise, mobilizations of ships, cars, and people jumping from parachutes took the street in Matanzas.

Turin, Belgium, Mexico, Miami, Tampa, Nueva York, and Washington D.C were also scenarios for solidarity demonstrations where people carried slogans reading “Mr. Biden lift the embargo.”

The meme reads, “The access to the products needed to develop cancer and COVID-19 vaccines is limited severely by unjustified US sanctions against Cuba. Dr.C Belinda Sanchez Ramirez, Director of Immunobiology at the Center for Molecular Immunology.”

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez arrived in New York to attend the 289th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting against the blockade to take place on June 23.

The UNGA resolution condemning the blockade has been passed 28 times in a row. In 2019, only Brazil and Israel backed U.S. negative stance, while Colombia and Ukraine abstained.

Cuban population is severely affected by the blockade, which has caused over US$9 billion loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More actions in China against US blockade against Cuba

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Beijing, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Several Chinese cities held many initiatives on Sunday to demand the immediate lifting of the economic, financial and commercial blockade the United States has imposed on Cuba for almost six decades.

Beijing’s Ritan Park was the scenario of a rally that brought together Cuban officials and compatriots living here, along with friends from China, Venezuela and Argentina.

Similarly and simultaneously, the clamor took to the streets in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Anhui and Jiangsu, where Cubans participated as part of the ‘Bridges of Love’ global campaign against the hostile blockade.

In all cases, phrases such as ‘Cuba Yes, Blockade No’, ‘Live Cuba’ and ‘Down with the blockade’ were chanted in Spanish and Chinese languages to demand the end of that policy, which is considered the main obstacle to Cuba’s development and its economic relations with the rest of the world.

In addition, the Association of Cuban Residents in China denounced in a statement the negative consequences of the US position for its people.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira Prensa Latina underscored the value of these actions just prior to a new vote at the United Nations General Assembly on a draft resolution calling for the end of the US blockade.

Apart from China, the ‘Bridges of Love’ project is present this weekend in different regions of the world to demand that Washington lift that measures, which has been rejected every year since 1992 at the United Nations General Assembly.

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Rallies against US blockade on Cuba around the world on Sunday

Washington, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Friends of Cuba in the US are staging demonstrations in 16 cities against Washington’s economic, financial and trade blockade hurting the neighboring island for over 60 years.

That hostile policy was hardened even more by the Trump administration but Biden’s government has done nothing to ease it.

The demonstrations will take place in Miami, Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Bloomington, Chicago, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Haven, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Northampton, according to the organizers.

There will also be rallies in other countries demanding the end of the blockade in Canada, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Spain, Belgium, South Africa, China and Japan.

The mobilizations are part of the global project Bridges of Love, which advocates the end of coercive measures against Cuba and the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.

On Wednesday, the UN General Assambly will debate for the twenty nineth year a resolution demanding the end of the US hostile policy against Cuba. It has had global support the previous years.

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Díaz-Canel receives Argentine Minister of Health

Photo: Estudios Revolución

The two leaders discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation in meeting the challenges posed in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic

June 2 (Granma) First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on the morning of May 29, received Dr. Carla Vizzotti, Minister of Health of the Republic of Argentina.

Dr. Vizzotti, accompanied by Cecilia Nicolini, special advisor to the Argentine Presidency, made a working visit to our country, with a view toward strengthening bilateral cooperation in meeting the challenges posed in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: Estudios Revolución

During the fraternal meeting, the two parties discussed the progress of Cuban candidate vaccines and medicines Cuba is developing to treat the disease. Also addressed was the potential for cooperation between Cuba and Argentina, as well as other nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Cuban side was represented by Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz; Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health; Ana Teresita González Fraga, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment; as well as other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the pharmaceutical state enterprise group BioCubaFarma.

The Argentinean Minister of Health was also accompanied by Luis Alfredo Ilarregui, ambassador for the Argentine Republic in Cuba.

Cuba’s Minister of Public Health, Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, and his Argentine counterpart, Dr. Carla Vizzotti, signed a letter of intent, on May 28, to strengthen cooperative relations in the field of human health and biotechnology for the welfare of their peoples.

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The document was signed at the headquarters of the Cuban regulatory authority, the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices, and reaffirms the willingness to collaborate on immunization of the populations in both countries with Cuban-developed vaccines against COVID-19, and in other Latin American and Caribbean nations, as well.

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Venezuelan FM Arreaza Participates in Antalya Diplomatic Forum

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met in the framework of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum with the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif Flag of Iran to discuss global geopolitics in the face of imperial aggressions.
Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza met in the framework of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum with the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif Flag of Iran to discuss global geopolitics in the face of imperial aggressions. | Photo: Twitter/@CancilleriaVE

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is participating in the Conference of Foreign Ministers of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum (FDA) that will take place until June 20.

June 19 (teleSUR) Arreaza arrived in Turkey on Thursday to attend the meeting, whose main topic is Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches, in which the crises being faced by the world and the opportunities to overcome them will be discussed.

The head of Venezuelan diplomacy held some bilateral meetings on the occasion of the inauguration of the Forum, including those with the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Angel Moratinos; and the Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Raychelle Awour Omamo.

He also met with the Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenca; and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, with whom he debated global issues and the importance of multilateralism in world geopolitics.

In addition, Arreaza agreed with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Alvin Botes, to hold a Business Forum between the two countries, in order to consolidate bilateral relations.
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“Antalya Diplomatic Forum kicks off, ‘Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches’ to discuss the crises facing the world and the opportunities it has.”

For its part, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry highlighted that Arreaza’s official visit to Turkey will promote the development of a high-level agenda.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at a press conference that the objective of this meeting is to reinforce the influence of diplomacy, in theory and in practice.

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US blockade against Cuba reaches a higher level of hostility

US blockade against Cuba reaches a higher level of hostility

Havana, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade against Cuba today reaches a higher level of hostility, with direct and extraterritorial actions in the midst of the economic and sanitary complexities imposed by the pandemic.

This is how Ismara Vargas, director of US Legal Affairs and Analysis at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, summarized how Washington’s coercive measures are fulfilling their purpose of causing considerable damage to the national economy and Cuban population.

In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina on the presentation to the UN General Assembly on June 23 of the 29th briefing to demand the end of the unilateral blockade, the official anticipated a new defeat for the US government.

Cuba will once again have the overwhelming support of the UN member countries, ‘this is an unequivocal message from the international community on the need to lift a policy that deeply harms the Cuban people,’ Vargas noted.

The diplomat commented that this vote will take place in a context of growing activism at the international level. ‘Every week in different corners of the world, there are initiatives for the legitimate right of Cubans to live in a country without a blockade,’ she pointed out.

The director pointed out that the smothering measures, increased during the mandate of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), limit the capacity of the Cuban State to guarantee the functioning of basic sectors of the country, including food, health, electricity and transportation.

In figures, the blockade caused from April 2019 to December 2020 damages in excess of nine billion dollars, official sources estimated.

US President Joe Biden and other members of his administration have reiterated that Cuba is not a priority issue for his government, and despite electoral promises, they maintain intact the 243 punitive measures imposed by the previous head of the White House.

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Rallies against US blockade on Cuba around the world on Sunday

Dozens marched in London against the US blockade on Cuba

Washington, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) Friends of Cuba in the US are staging demonstrations in 16 cities against Washington’s economic, financial and trade blockade hurting the neighboring island for over 60 years.

That hostile policy was hardened even more by the Trump administration but Biden’s government has done nothing to ease it.

The demonstrations will take place in Miami, Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Bloomington, Chicago, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Haven, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Northampton, according to the organizers.

There will also be rallies in other countries demanding the end of the blockade in Canada, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Spain, Belgium, South Africa, China and Japan.

The mobilizations are part of the global project Bridges of Love, which advocates the end of coercive measures against Cuba and the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.

On Wednesday, the UN General Assambly will debate for the twenty nineth year a resolution demanding the end of the US hostile policy against Cuba. It has had global support the previous years.

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US city calls for lifting of blockade against Cuba

US city calls for lifting of blockade against Cuba

Washington, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The US city of Baltimore called for a federal action to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, the website of its council reported on Friday. The resolution, adopted by the council of the most populated city of the state of Maryland, calls on Congress and President Joe Biden to immediately end all aspects of this coercive measure.

It includes the lifting of travel restrictions to Cuba for US citizens, and calls on Washington to remove Cuba from the unilateral list of state sponsors of terrorism and to return the Guantanamo Naval Base, illegally occupied by the United States.

In the past few months, several US cities joined the Bridges of Love initiative, whose main objective is to fight these punitive measures that mainly affect Cuban families.

Baltimore’s decision coincides with the denunciation by the online publication The Intercept, which, when advocating a change in Washington’s policy, praised Cuba’s work in the fight against Covid-19, while the US Government keeps the sanctions.

These policies seriously complicate Cuba’s access to international funding, and Cuban leaders claim that they bring about an overwhelming supply shortage, The Intercept reported.

According to the Data for Progress survey, most US citizens think that Washington’s policies on Cuba must change in order to fight the pandemic.

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