Photo: Ismael Batista

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla will address the United Nations General Assembly today prior to the vote on Cuba's resolution entitled The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed on Cuba by the United States, as Cubans across the island continue demonstrating against this hostile policy and the interventionist Presidential directive recently issued by Barack Obama.

More than 2,200 students are currently studying at Bayamo's Efraín Benítez Popa School of Medical Sciences. All were born under the blockade and are well aware of the effect it has had on the country's economy.

Second year medical student Ailen Céspedes reported in a statement to the press during a gathering here that the hostile policy has led to a deficit of surgical supplies and limits students' access to the latest specialized information in their fields, despite efforts made by the Cuban government to guarantee essentials.

Similar events took place in Cienfuegos yesterday, where 'Down with the blockade' were the words of the day. Students, Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, women, and the entire people forged by the Revolution demanded an end to the United States' hostile policy toward Cuba.

Talks were held in the Federation of Cuban Women's community centers, while workers at Havana's Hotel Comodoro took time to express their condemnation of the blockade. Jesús Sigler Castillo, Party leader at the hotel, noted that the greatest effect felt at his workplace is the inability to access the U.S. market, since supplies cannot be acquired there, nor can tourists from that country travel to Cuba without restrictions. He reported that estimates indicate that some 25 million U.S. citizens would have visited the island over the years during which the blockade has been in effect.

In Camagüey, students, workers, and teachers at Nicolas Guillen Pedagogical School met to denounce the true objectives of the U.S. which has never abandoned its goal of destroying the Revolution.

Kevin Álvarez Exposito, future elementary school teacher, declared, "Once again, we reaffirm our commitment to defend our sovereignty and freedom at whatever cost. No matter the disguise they use, here we are ready to unmask their maneuvers, above all those that presume to seduce younger generations.

"What goodwill is being talked about in the directive President Obama issued," he asked, if subversive programs with million dollar budgets and counterrevolutionary broadcasts continue, with the goal of imposing changes of their design in Cuba.