New York calls for normalization of relations between the US and Cuba

WASHINGTON, March 11th. Activists, intellectuals and artists will gather this Saturday in New York for an international conference advocating the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, PL reports.

The purpose of the event is to demand the removal of the island from the list of countries supporting terrorism, to demand the lifting of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed for over 60 years against the Cuban people, and to demand an end to all economic restrictions and travel problems that plague the Caribbean country.

According to the organizers, the meeting will feature speakers from Cuba, the US, Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as workshops, discussion panels, an exhibition of Cuban art and a short film festival.

Ike Nahem of the US-Cuba Coalition for the International Conference on Standardization summed up the relevance of the event, noting that for more than half a century, Washington has imposed a complete and brutal blockade of the Caribbean nation.

He added that despite the presence of the fence, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) introduced 243 measures to tighten this punitive policy, and stressed how the government of the current President Joe Biden did not relax the blockade and lifted no restrictions.

The unfair labeling of the island as a state sponsor of terrorism will be another of the issues that will be addressed at the conference, the celebration of which is supported by more than a hundred organizations.

“The cruel and hypocritical addition of Trump to this list has increased the impact of the US blockade. Cuba is facing new restrictions on trading on the global market, making it increasingly difficult to import food, fuel, medicines and other essentials,” explained one of the meeting coordinators, Alison Bodine.

All activities of the event will be broadcast live, allowing people from all over the world to participate.

Cuban solidarity activists in Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada will be showing the conference at events held in their cities.

The International Standards Conference between the United States and Cuba is being held in New York for the fourth time and coincides with the sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Then members of the Cuban delegation to the CSW organized by the Cuban Women’s Federation will take the opportunity to speak at a rally against the blockade.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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