Nordic Solidarity Brigade Begin Activities in Cuba

Havana, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Citizens from Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom began the activities of the 62nd contingent of the Nordic Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba on Thursday at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp, west of Havana.

On behalf of the visitors, Inge Hogh, from Denmark, who since 1986 has been a member of the brigade seven times, said that the group is proud to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution (January 1) in Cuba.

‘We know that a better world is possible because Cubans have proven it for years,’ Hogh said in reference to Cuba’s solidarity throughout the world.

We are here to listen, learn and feel the reality, which will give us the necessary knowledge to destroy the wall of lies that is being used internationally against Cuba, she added.

The brigade member assured that the members of the group will continue promoting solidarity with Cuba, as well as condemning the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States for almost six decades. This measure is the main barrier to Cuba’s development, she added.

The vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Noemi Rabaza, thanked the Nordic Brigade for its presence in Cuba and the confidence expressed in the Cuban Revolution.

Rabaza also referred to the situation that Cuba is living, characterized by an increase in US hostility, the tightening of Washington’s blockade and the consequent rollback in bilateral relations with the United Sates.

According to the ICAP official, some people accuse Cuba of failing democracy, but curiously, right now the people and the Peole’s Power National Assembly are immersed in the development of a new constitution.

As part of that process, more than seven million Cubans participated in the consultations and more than one million proposals were collected to improve the text of the draft Constitution and, consequently, the social model of the country.

Speaking to the press, Anna Birgitta Norlin, from Sweden, commented that her reason for joining the brigade is to express friendship with the Cuban people and the Revolution.

According to Norlin, one of the leaders of the Swedish delegation, in her country the Swedish-Cuban Solidarity Association regularly organizes events to demonstrate the existence of the US blockade of Cuba.

We try to spread the information, because in Sweden we do not talk about Cuba, except for negative things. It is very important to show people what really happens in Cuba and its achievements, that is our mission, she said.

Similarly, Johanna Wallertz, also from Sweden, said that the international media only presents the issues of Cuba from the perspective of the United States, when the reality of the Caribbean nation is very different.

According to her, there lies her interest in knowing firsthand how schools, hospitals, the economy and other sectors work, all of which is possible thanks to the Nordic Brigade program.

The European group is made up of 26 Swedes, seven Danes and 12 Brits. The brigade’s program, which will extend until January 3, includes seminars on Cuba today, productive work and events to denunciate the US blockade.

Meetings are also scheduled with the population, visits to centers of economic and cultural interest and tributes to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in Santiago de Cuba, and the Cuban-Argentinean guerrilla fighter Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in the city of Santa Clara

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