“The blockade: The longest genocide in history.” Photo: Juvenal Balán

Participants at the 6th Assembly of Caribbean Peoples, which took place in Main Camp in Curacao, approved a statement in which they demand that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, put an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade of Cuba.

 Representatives of trade union, political, feminist, environmental, campesino and youth organizations from 12 countries of the area also called on Obama to return the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo to the Cuban people.

The Assembly recognized the material and human resources provided by the governments of Cuba and Venezuela to promote the wellbeing and socio-economic development of Caribbean countries, a project that began ten years ago thanks to the solidarity of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez.

Those attending also reiterated their support for Venezuela given attempts at internal destabilization and rejected the continued presence of colonial and neo-colonialism in the region, as well as imperialist oppression and intervention. They expressed support for the independence of Puerto Rico and the freedom of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

Participants stated their support for regional organizations such as ALBA-TCP, CARICOM and CELAC and committed themselves to continue to work towards further integration and peace across the continent.