HAVANA, Cuba.- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, in the interview aired on Telesur regional television station last Sunday, was emphatic in defining blockade as a brutal practice, which aims to condemn our people to die of needs, and violates territory and impose rules on the relationship of the world with Cuba.
That was one of the arguments offered in the online panel on Twitter The World against Online Blockade, developed at the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), in occasion of the World Day titled We Have Memory: Solidarity against Blockade and Terrorism, from September 4 to October 6, anniversary 42 of the bombing of an aircraft of Cubana de Aviacion.
PhD Jorge Hernandez Martinez, professor and researcher at the Center for Hemispheric Studies and the United States of the University of Havana, said: It is a highly hostile and multidimensional policy that has developed in economic, military, social, and cultural life. We see it also in ideological aggression and by biological means. It has been part of the U.S. aggressive strategy against the Cuban Revolution.
The scholar argued that this criminal system includes a set of measures, regulations and restrictions against the Cuban people, which rest on a rigged legal support, which only the American Congress has the authority and ability to eliminate.
Although the blockade has an economic and financial essence, it also pervades other dimensions of the relationship between the two countries, because it affects the field of public health, education, culture and there is no sphere of everyday life that escapes its negative impact, hindering the integral development of the country, Hernandez Martinez asserted.
Master of Science Jonathan Quiros Santos, from the Center for Research and Studies on World Economy, agreed with Hernandez Martinez and recognized that the rapprochement to Cuba in the last stage of the Obama Administration could lead to a more civilized relationship, something hindered by current President Donald Trump.
He exemplified with the number of American visitors to Cuba, which affects the reduction of foreign exchange to the national economy, but also affects the non-state sector, because the rents of rooms declined and therefore there was less consumption of the services provided by the self-employed.
Similarly, Deputy Enrique Aleman Gutierrez, president of the Spiritualistic Association of Havana and Quisicuaba community project, highlighted that a perennial struggle in the religious and people of faith has been to eliminate the cruel political interventionist of the American government, an effort also supported by many groups of solidarity in the world and people of goodwill.
Taken from Granma