Popular forums in France and Belgium reaffirm their solidarity with Cuba

by Waldo Mendiluzza

Two years after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the politico-cultural festivals Fiesta de l’Humanite in France and Manifesta in Belgium have regained their huge audience, places where solidarity with Cuba continues to resonate.

In debates, meetings and other activities in which the island delegation participated, political forces, social organizations, legislators, trade unions and citizens in general called for the defense of the Caribbean nation, its people and of his revolution against invasions such as the American invasion. economic, commercial and economic. raised reason. and financial blockade.

At the two forums held in September, Cuba was represented by a member of the Central Committee and the State Council of the Communist Party, the head of the Central Committee Belquis Ley, the French ambassador, Otto Vaillant, and UNESCO, Yahima Esquivel, by deputy Yorki Sánchez. and in Belgium, Yaira Jimenez, and other members of diplomatic missions.

HUMANIT in its new landscape

A former Brétigny-sur-Orge airport in the Paris region hosted the 82nd edition of the Festival de l’Humanité, launching a European forum to take support for the island to a new level, acknowledging that the end of the blockade imposed by Washington for more than six decades cannot be predicted.

Convened by the Cuban Union for Cooperation France (CUBACUP), organizations and personalities from Spain, France and Italy agreed to activate the forum along two lines: a firm and pragmatic response from the European Union ( EU) against the US headquarters. calling for. , and promote cooperation with Caribbean countries.

In this regard, he demanded that Brussels adopt all possible decisions in line with its official position to end the blockade and establish mechanisms to protect European companies, banks and citizens from the external influence of the anti-Cuban crusade. from Washington. .

We will demand that the EU effectively defend its companies and banks against external sanctions, the signatories stressed.

In this sense, they agreed to fight for a community bloc of 27 member states to designate banks to carry out transactions with Cuba, due to fears of fines and pressure from financial institutions in the United States currently. Mission almost impossible.

The second line of work defined by the forum is to encourage foreign investment and strengthen cooperation with the Greater Antilles through the arrival of products from the Caribbean country on European markets.

Cuba needs our solidarity, but also our cooperation with specific projects that contribute to its development, CubaCup President Victor Fernández told Prensa Latina after the initiative was presented on September 10.

For his part, the Spanish MEP Manu Pineda considered the platform as an important element of support for the island in its fight against the blockade affecting the people.

While cooperation is part of solidarity, political support is imperative for the Caribbean nation, as well as economic initiatives, he noted.

Spanish Communist Party President José Luis Centela also celebrated the birth of the forum in statements by Prensa Latina, which said that all possible efforts should be made against a blockade in Europe, which he described as inhumane. , unjust and illegal. .

Breaking US policy is important for Cuba, but also for Europe, which suffers the consequences of its externality, especially small businesses, he warned.

The forum was supported by CubaCup, the Agency for Cultural and Economic Exchanges with Cuba in Italy (Isaac) and Spanish Solidarity for Development and Peace (SODEPAZ), all experienced in carrying out collaborative projects.

He was also backed by Pineda MEP, Centella, European Left Party first vice-president Maite Mola, and French parliamentary leader André Chassein, who represented his country’s Communist Party.

At the Festival de l’Humanité, French associations such as France Cuba, Cuba Linda and Cuba Si France organized debates and meetings to address the reality of the island, in forums they recognized the resistance of their people and the US aggression. Rejected the state, accelerating into the full-fledged Covid-19 pandemic.

The large-scale event was also the scene of the presentation of the “Container for Cuba” operation, launched in September 2021 by the French Trade Union Federations (CGT).

The secretary general of the CGT railway, Laurent Brun, explained that three containers with food have already arrived on the island, and three other medicines and supplies for the health sector will arrive before the end of the year.

More than twenty major trade union organizations participate in the initiative, through which the union is also developing political action to condemn and condemn the blockade.

just as obvious

The Belgian coastal city of Ostend was the scene on September 17 and 18, a week after the politico-cultural festival Manifesta’s L’Humanité, which also called for solidarity with Cuba.

The rejection of the blockade, the insular approach to reality and its social progress in areas such as health and the empowerment of women marked, among other reasons, the South and the Belgian working class, the 12th edition of the event. By Solidair, the newspaper of the Labor Party of Belgium (PTB), and Medicine for the People Network.

During one of the ManiFiesta meetings, Deputy Yorki Sanchez and Ambassador Yaira Jiménez, on behalf of the Cuban people, denounced the extravagance of the blockade imposed by the United States and its consequences.

Given this extraterrestrial nature, the economic, commercial and financial blockade reaches all countries, including Europe, Sánchez said, during a forum organized by the solidarity union Cubanismo.be.

Members of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and State Council pointed out that the siege in Washington affected all sectors, including energy, hampering the acquisition of spare parts for power plants.

Cuba cannot import products containing more than 10% American components, and if a ship touches a Cuban port, it must wait six months to do so in the northern country, he explained.

According to Sanchez, the foreign investment border is another example of a fenced area.

For his part, Ambassador Jiménez stressed the importance of a global blockade, based on the persistent objective of the American administration to apply national laws beyond its borders to stifle the Caribbean nation.

In 2019, then-President Donald Trump activated Title III of the Helms-Burton Act to amplify the extraterrestrial component of Washington’s policy against the Caribbean island, a move made by his successor Joseph Biden in the White House.

In L’Humanité as in Manifesta, the Cuban delegation recognizes its support for the greatest struggles of the Antilles and reaffirms the decision of its government and its people to resist the invasions and to build a socialist society. (taken from pl)

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