After tightening the blockade against Cuba in 2016, the Trump government imposed new economic sanctions on Venezuela in August this year. The growing tension between the US and Latin America inspires more socialist movements. A “International day of action against the US blockade” will take place on 1 November in London.
According to the report to the United Nations General Assembly on Resolution 71/5 entitled “The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States on Cuba”, the Cuban economy has suffered damage estimated at 822,280,000,000 dollars, since the 1960s when the implementation of the blockade started.
And the total actual damages to the island is estimated to be in the order of $4,305,400,000, in just the 14 months between April 2016 and June 2017. More than the economic aspect, however, this country is also taking a toll in its health system.
Leima Martinez, head of the North American Division of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, has stated that the fact that some medicines which are needed in Cuba, are exclusively produced in the USA, together with the financial persecution imposed by the USA are making health a sensitive issue for the population.
And now, another main left-wing and anti-imperialism force in South America, Venezuela, is also under another round of sanctions. Regarding the executive Order 13808 of August 24, 2017 President Nicolás Maduro has said that this will seriously damage the recovery of the domestic economy and appealed to the UN to condemn the US attempts to dominate Latin America.
Due to all of this, Rock Around the Blockade, a British campaign in defence of socialist Cuba, is actively against the imperialism of the US and is organizing solidarity movements throughout Latin America.
Next month, it is arranging an “International day of action against the US blockade” in protest against the US treatment of both Cuba and Venezuela. Place: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5, London, United Kingdom Date and Time: Wednesday, November 1, from 18:00 to 19:00. For more information click here.