Photo: Movimiento Mexicano de Solidaridad con Cuba

MEXICO.- The 22nd National Cuba Solidarity Meeting concluded Sunday, March 19, in Mexico City, with recognition of the contributions of the Cuban Revolution to countries of America, Asia and Africa.

More than 450 delegates from Mexico and the Americas, meeting at the Workers’ University in the Mexican capital, approved the final declaration including the decision to hold the 23rd meeting in the state of Toluca.

The document demands that the government of Donald Trump respect Cuba’s sovereignty, and returns the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base to Cuba.

Also demanded is an end to the “hopeless intervention in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” as well as the release of Ana Belén Montes (detained by the FBI).

During the closing session, Idania Ramos of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), highlighted the active participation of Mexicans in supporting the Revolution and their firm position in the face of the unjust U.S. blockade.

She argued that the blockade is the main obstacle to Cuba’s strategy of progress and development.

Dr. Aleida Guevara, daughter of Che Guevara, noted that the world is experiencing times of change, in which solidarity and true friendship have awakened a sense of homeland among younger generations.

She recalled that in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of her father in Bolivia, his ideals remain entirely relevant.
Five decades after his death, she added, his image persists in the imaginary of entire generations.

Meanwhile Jesus Escamilla, leader of the Mexican Movement of Solidarity with Cuba (MMSC), told Prensa Latina that Cuba is an example of sovereignty, resistance in the face of adversity, and development for the benefit of the entire society.

The MMSC will continue to support and defend the heroic and dignified Cuban people, he stressed.

The two days of debate held as part of the 22nd National Cuba Solidarity Meeting focused on the legacies of Fidel and Che and the relevance of their revolutionary ideology today.