Solidarity with Cuba applauded

Havana, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) expressed gratitude for a solidarity campaign developed from Friday to April 2022 in Australia to disseminate the truth about the Caribbean island in the face of aggression from abroad.

The From Australia to Cuba with Love initiative aims to travel 14,886 kilometers (approximate distance from the city of Canberra to Havana) in walks, marathons, bicycles and motorcycles and even dance.

The ICAP director for Asia and Oceania, Leima Martinez, explained to the Cuban News Agency (ACN) that the campaign is expected to disseminate Cuba’s cause to passers-by and figures of political or public importance by handing out pamphlets, interaction and the posting of photos and videos on digital platforms.

Launch of From Australia to Cuba with Love Campaign on 1 Jan 2022 Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The campaign, promoted by members of the Brisbane Solidarity Movement, is inspired by the Bridges of Love project, led by activist Carlos Lazo in the United States.

The initiative will from January 1 to April 15 and includes the collection of donations to Cuba on the website https://from-australia-to-cuba-with-love.raisely.com.

Currently there are 1,653 friendship associations with Cuba in 155 countries.

ICAP Vice President Victor Gaute recently highlighted to reporters the active participation of friends around the world who gave their support to the Revolution and the Cuban people in 2021.

Juan M. Garcia
January 7, 2022

DID YOU KNOW? Facts about the US Blockade of Cuba

Taken from the Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the 75th session on the ‘Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba’ published 21 September 2020 (undocs.org/pdf?symbol=en/A/75/81)

Costly

Between April 2019 and March 2020, the embargo caused Cuba losses of approximately $5.57 billion US dollars. This was an increase of around $1.2 billion US dollars from the previous year. For the first time, the total amount of the losses caused by this policy in one year exceeded $5 billion.

Punitive

Between 2017 and 2020 the US Treasury (through its Office of Foreign Assets Control) imposed penalties on United States and third-country businesses for alleged violations of the embargo of more than 3.7 billion US dollars. For the 12 months period April 2019 to March 2020 the amount was more than 2.4 billion US dollars.

Cruel

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the United States has used the embargo, in particular its extraterritorial component, deliberately, to deprive the Cuban people of pulmonary ventilators, masks, diagnostic kits, protective goggles, suits, gloves, reagents, and other items necessary for the management of the disease.

Since being acquired by the company Vyaire Medical, which has its head office in Illinois, United States, the Swiss companies Imtmedical and Acutronic Medical Systems have refused to deliver to Cuba high-tech mechanical pulmonary ventilators that are essential for the treatment of COVID patients. These two companies are considered world leaders in the development and manufacture of such medical equipment and have done business with Cuba in the past.

Petty

In August 2019, Square Canada informed the owners of Toronto’s Little Havana Café that they could no longer use its payment platform because of concerns expressed by JPMorgan Chase, the bank that processes the company’s payments, that the café was selling drinks made from Cuban coffee.

Hurtful

At the beginning of 2019, the Internet payment platform WePay, through the GoFundMe website, froze the funds of a Canadian citizen attempting to repatriate the body of his father, who had died suddenly in Cuba, citing the regulations imposed by the embargo.

Ridiculous

On 30 September 2019, it emerged that the removal company Allied Pickfords in Wellington, New Zealand, had refused to provide its services to two Cuban diplomatic officials who had reached the end of their postings. The New Zealand company, whose parent company is based in Illinois, claimed that it could be exposed to sanctions as a result of United States regulations.

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