Thousands of people in the small island nation of Cuba took to the streets on Sunday against the country’s communist government, in what are believed to be the biggest demonstrations seen in over three decades.
Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPI-M), Manipur State Committee condemned the “interference of US imperialism in the internal affairs of Cuba” and expressed solidarity with the Cuban government and the people of Cuba and called upon the people to stand with Cubans and its government in their struggle to defend their motherland, sovereignty and socialism.
A release signed by CPI-M, Manipur State Committee secretary Ksh Santa on Tuesday conveyed that a section of the Cubans are demonstrating on problems created by the US economic blockade. The Cuban government and the Communist Party of Cuba have reached out to them, it added.
“Demonstrations are backed by the US Joe Biden regime, which is trying to take advantage of severe economic problems faced by the Caribbean island that are caused by its own blockade and the pandemic. They are aimed to destabilize socialist Cuba”.
The left party said that economic problems confronting Cuba are a result of the inhuman and criminal blockade imposed by the US for the last 60 years and more. The invocation of Title III of Helms-Burton Act strengthened the blockade and imposed unforeseen hardships. The US further tightened these sanctions during the pandemic under the erstwhile President Donald Trump by unjustly categorising Cuba as a state sponsoring terrorism. The Trump administration imposed an additional 243 sanctions that continue to remain in force, added the release.
“Cuba is denied import of food, raw materials for the production of medicines, vaccines and lifesaving medical equipment, which accentuated the hardships of Cuban people. The US using social media platforms is spreading fake news to instigate Cuban people to demonstrate against their government”.
It stressed that in spite of the Cuban government has developed its own vaccine candidates, helping the world in fighting the pandemic and trying to overcome all the economic obstacles.
During this period of serious hardships, the CPI (M) expressed solidarity with the Cuban government and the people of Cuba and called upon the people to stand with Cubans and its government in their struggle to defend their motherland, sovereignty and socialism.
Thousands of people in the small island nation of Cuba took to the streets on Sunday against the country’s communist government, in what are believed to be the biggest demonstrations seen in over three decades. Dozens of protestors have been arrested by the authorities in the demonstrations, fuelled by a collapsing economy and the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cubans are also complaining about shortage of food and lack of some basic medicines, according to the Indian Express.