French group urges presidential candidates to reject blockade to Cuba

Paris, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The French solidarity association Cuba Linda on Wednesday urged the presidential candidates for the April elections to take a stance against the economic, commercial and financial blockade the United States has imposed on the island for more than six decades.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the association framed its demand in the race to reach the Elysee Palace, which will have its first round on April 10, and on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the formalization of the blockade policy, although Washington’s hostile measures against Cuba date back since the very beginning of the Revolution, in 1959.

On February 3, 1962, then US President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 3447 to put on paper an embargo that his country was already implementing in sectors such as energy and sugar.

Cuba Linda recalled that as of that day, 12 US presidents have implemented criminal measures against the small island turning the initially called US embargo into an open economic war, in response to Cuba chosing to follow its own path and not yield to Washington’s dictates.

This is the longest blockade in history applied against any country and in all this time, it has been tightened under the argument of surrendering a people of hunger and desperation, violating regulations and principles of International Law and the United Nations Charter, it denounced.

The association founded in 1998 to foster French-Cuban rapprochement stated that it will send a letter to the presidential candidates to learn their stance regarding this hostile policy and the actions they would take to fight it, if they are elected.


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