Under the maxim: “The blockade harms the Cuban people” the 13th Cuban Civil Society Forum took place on October 12, in Havana.
Various educational, scientific and religious institutions reiterated their rejection of the almost 60-year long U.S. blockade against Cuba, which has caused the island damages totaling around 753,688,000,000 USD to date.
Speaking on behalf of the National Association of Economists and Accountants (ANEC), its Vice President Ramón Labañino, decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba, stated that the blockade has caused severe harm to the country’s economy, preventing the island from purchasing basic resources such as medicines.
Labañino described the blockade as a declaration of war and recalled that U.S. President Barack Obama has recognized the failure of the openly hostile policy.
Meanwhile, Osvaldo Hidalgo, vice president of the Cuban Association of Persons with Physical and Motor Disabilities (Aclifim) stated that the criminal blockade, which stands in violation of the United Nations Charter, makes obtaining means of transport suitable for disabled persons difficult, limiting their full inclusion in Cuban society.
Aníbal Barredo, a member of the Federation of University Students’ National Secretariat, warned that the blockade policy seeks to strangle the Cuban people, while figures can’t fully illustrate the damage that it has caused the island for over 50 years.
Participating institutions expressed their opposition to the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. on the island, and support for the Cuban government’s demand for an unconditional end to the policy, in the Final Declaration of the event.
Cuba will present the report entitled: The need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba; on October 26, before the United Nations General Assembly.