South African Calls for Solidarity with Cuba

Screen shot 2015-02-02 at 1.12.50 AMA South African solidarity movement is organizing to end the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

Clever Banganayi, the deputy secretary of the Association of Friends of Cuba in South Africa, said Friday that in exchange for Cuba’s fight against the South African Apartheid regime, Africans should organize to end the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

Banganayi, a student in Cuba in the 1990s, said it was an inspiring experience to work for the solidarity between Cuba and South Africa. He remembered how he had been “a person who was born into a poor family that had no resources to send me to study in universities, especially in science careers.”

He added that many South African youth are able to study medicine and other specialties in Cuba, and thus there is an obligation to be forever in support of the small Caribbean nation.

He went on to say that the economic, commercial and financial blockade over the past 50 years is the main obstacle in normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

“There is much to do this year to work against the blockade,” said Banganayi.

One of the actions that had been planned for this year for the solidarity organization was a solidarity meeting for the Cuban Five political prisoners, but since “they have already returned to Cuba, we would now like to see them come to South Africa,” concluded Banganayi.

teleSUR, January 30, 2015

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