Paris, France.- The France-Cuba Association ratified today its steady support for the Cuban Revolution and its fights, especially the fight against the US blockade and for the return of the territory of the Guantanamo Naval Base.
In an evening aimed at celebrating the 59th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, that group emerged in 1960 reaffirmed the position of support for over five decades, as indicated by the French intellectual Paul Estrade, who was the founding president of France -Cuba Association.
According to his statements, from here ‘we are on the side of Cuba’ and ‘we share its principles of dignity and justice, as well as its spirit of resistance against imperialism.’
The scholar and writer recalled that the Caribbean nation faces an ironclad economic and commercial blockade that hinders its relations with the rest of the world, and also stressed the importance of continuing the fight for the return of the territory occupied by the United States at the Guantanamo Naval Base.
In the activity a documentary made by the journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina was screened, material that shows the persistence of the blockade despite the restoration of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana.
In fact, Calvo Ospina pointed out, such siege has been further exacerbated by the arrival of US President Donald Trump.
In this regard, the diplomat of the Embassy of Cuba in France, Yurielkys Sarduy, provided the example of trips, taking into account that by law US citizens are prohibited from going to Cuba as tourists.
However, he argued, during the Barack Obama’s administration the procedures for making trips to the island were allowed in the framework of cultural, scientific or other exchanges, in correspondence with the categories established by the US authorities.
This generated a greater flow of travels that has been reduced in recent months, following the decision of Donald Trump to toughen the requirements and procedures to obtain an authorization.
During the evening Victor Dedaj, director of the publication Le Grand Soir, also offered details on the Torricelli and Helms Burton laws, which provide legal support for the blockade and establish, among other issues, its extraterritorial scope.