With the aim of generating more support for an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for over half a century; days of action entitled, Tenemos Memoria. Solidaridad vs Bloqueo (We Remember. Solidarity vs the Blockade) are taking place in various countries around the world through early November, when the Cuban resolution against the aggressive policy will once again be put to a United Nations General Assembly vote.
Speaking to Granma International, Elio Gámez Neyra, first vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), explained that actions kicked-off with a solidarity act commemorating the 20th anniversary of the murder of young Italian Fabio Di Celmo, who died after a bomb placed by Salvadoran mercenary Raúl Ernesto Cruz León, exploded in Havana’s Copacabana Hotel; an act of terrorism financed by counter-revolutionary groups of Cuban-origin based in southern Florida. He also noted that the ceremony served to remember and pay tribute to all victims of terrorism throughout the history of the Cuban Revolution.
According to the ICAP official, organizers of the international campaign are putting together cultural events, rallies, marches, and protests outside United States embassies and diplomatic establishments in various countries.
He went on to note that in addition to tributes, participants will call on parliamentarians and government officials to present motions and documents condemning the blockade and acts of terrorism against the Caribbean island.
All of these activities are being organized by the world Cuba solidarity movement, present in 152 countries, and committed to condemning global terrorism.
“Many events, ranging from lobbying in the U.S. Congress, to a march and solidarity act outside the White House, took place from September 11-16 in Washington,” noted Gámez Neyra.
Also held were talks and panel discussions on the damage caused the Cuban people by the U.S. blockade, despite the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.
The 50th anniversary of the murder of Heroic Guerilla Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia is also being commemorated during these days of action.
Likewise, friends of Cuba in Spain announced a special series of events that will take place October 2-9, while the Che Presente, Cuba Solidarity Encounter and 25th anniversary of the Socialist Cuba Initiative Friendship Association are set to be held in Belgium.
In Cuba meanwhile, mass and political organizations are joining the campaign with various activities taking place in work and educational centers, including acts, marches, and cultural events, during which participants will call on the international community to condemn the imperialist anti-Cuban policy.
The ICAP official went on to note that various dates are being commemorated on the island in September and October, such as the coup d'état in Chile on September 11, 1973; the anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban Five in the United States; the 1976 murder of politician and Chilean Ambassador, Orlando Letelier in the United States; the bombing of a Cubana de Aviación plane over Barbados in October that same year; and the assassination of Argentine-Cuban guerilla Ernesto Che Guevara, October 8, 1967, in Bolivia.
Meanwhile, Gámez Neyra explained that Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, will hold neighborhood meetings to denounce the effects of the economic blockade on the island; a policy which has been almost unanimously condemned by the international community in the United Nations General Assembly.
The event will also serve to denounce aggression by the U.S. and regional oligarchs against revolutionary and progressive governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Parliamentary coup plotters, backed by Washington, who threaten the political stability and sovereignty of the peoples.