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SANTA CLARA.—With a combative march through the city's streets, students from Santa Clara's vocational-professional high schools denounced the interventionist nature of President Obama's recent directive regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Chavelys Díaz Rodríguez, president of the Federation of Secondary Students (FEEM) in the province's capital city, emphasized the importance of understanding the limitations of this directive, and called for an immediate end to the blockade.

"We refuse to forget our history, from Céspedes to Fidel," she added.

Attending the combative demonstration were students and teachers from the city's General Lázaro Cárdenas, Ramón Pando Ferrer, Mirto Milián, and Raúl Suárez vocational-professional high schools.

In Holguín, students from the José Martí Pre-university Exact Sciences High School raised their banners in a resounding rejection of U.S. dreams of intervening in Cuba.

President Barack Obama announced his position and we will impose ours, since we are responsible for the homeland's future, emphasized Cynthia Arjona, Talía Garlobo and Katerine Cruz, as they signed a petition denouncing recent U.S. maneuvers.

They reaffirmed their commitment to the Revolution and called for the return to Cuba of territory illegally occupied by the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo.

Photo: Yusleydis Socorro

Marieles Tasis, provincial president provincial of FEEM, spoke with ACN and reported that the organization's 24,000 members in Holguin would be participating in such activities on Monday across the province.

Youth in Matanzas likewise expressed their condemnation of the blockade and denounced the explicitly interventionist nature of the recent policy directive issued by Barack Obama.

René Fraga Moreno Park was the scene of a short but resounding demonstration by students from the nearby pedagogical high school, workers, and residents of the West Matanzas People's Council, denouncing the limited scope of changes implemented by Obama in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Jesús García, worker at Radio 26, noted that the measures are well thought-out, not to benefit the Cuban people, but rather U.S. interests. The Presidential directive, he emphasized, continues to insist on regime change in Cuba, asking, "Who said that changes here are their business?"

Workers at the city's Comandante Faustino Pérez Hospital, also expressed their condemnation of Obama's directive and emphasized that the health sector has suffered damages estimated at 82,720,000 dollars this past year as a result of the blockade.

Also participating in the day of events calling for an end to the blockade were workers at Cupet and Bellotex, in the Guanábana People's Council located in the outskirts of Matanzas, as well as workers at the Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant.