Cuba Denounces in Spain Tightening of U.S. Blockade

Madrid, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban ambassador to Spain, Gustavo Machín, denounced on Friday the tightening of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for almost six decades.

During an event organized at the Ateneo in Madrid by the Spanish movement of solidarity with Cuba, Machin defined the U.S. siege against the Caribbean country as the longest system of sanctions in the contemporary history of humanity.

‘Neither was the blockade lifted, nor were the subversive projects against our nation stopped being financed,’ the diplomat emphasized before the projection of some animated short films about this hostile policy and its consequences.

Contrary to what many people in the world may think, the blockade remains in force and was harshened with the arrival to the White House of President Donald Trump, warned the head of the Cuban Legation.

Machin said although Cuba and the United States re-established their diplomatic relations in 2015 – during the administration of Barack Obama – there has not been a regularization of their bilateral ties.

Obama modified some aspects of that policy of siege, but nothing he did was aimed directly at favoring the development of Cuba or its people, but for the benefit of the Americans, he said.

‘From how little we had advanced, we are going into a phase of direct confrontation,’ he warned.

With Trump’s government, the harassment intensified and measures in that direction are being taken almost daily, he said.

The ambassador recalled that on May 2, Washington activated Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, suspended until then by Trump’s predecessors, after generating a great international rejection for its extraterritorial character.

Approved in 1996, this legislation, which the diplomat described as legal barbarity, codifies the economic, financial and commercial blockade that the United States maintains against the island.

Section III establishes mechanisms for U.S. citizens to sue companies that allegedly benefited from nationalized properties after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

In this regard, Machin explained that in Cuba there were no confiscations of assets, but rather a legal process of nationalization under international law, within which there were even compensations to certain countries, he added.

‘The Helms-Burton is the stark application of the blockade,’ denounced the head of the Havana Legation in Madrid, after accusing the United States of trying to discourage the participation of foreign companies in the Cuban economy through its application.

He highlighted the clear position of rejection expressed by Spain and the European Union against the activation of Chapter III of what he described as a club law.

Addressing friends of the Caribbean nation gathered in the Sala Nueva Estafeta of the Ateneo, Machín thanked the many actions of the Spanish solidarity movement to demand the end of these unilateral sanctions.

It is time to reinforce our fight against this genocidal policy, whose open intentionality is to generate instability in Cuba, destroy its Revolution and slow down our economic development, he concluded.


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