• Michael Laxer

Solidarity shipments, OAS meeting cancelled, KKE condemns joint imperialist statement: Cuba updates


Cubans rally in defense of the Revolution, July 17 Havana


With Joe Biden not backing away from Donald Trump's increased sanctions against Cuba -- presumably in hopes of destabilizing the regime after some minor protests broke out on July 11 -- international solidarity shipments are arriving from sympathetic anti-imperialist countries.


Nicaragua and Vietnam have both stepped up:



On July 28 Bolivia announced it "will send a plane to Cuba carrying food and syringes destined for the Cuban people, as a show of solidarity."


This all comes after Mexico and Russia announced that they would send food, medical supplies and, in the case of Mexico much needed fuel.


When idiotically asked if he was worried about the shipments violating US sanctions, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador noted that Mexico was an "independent nation".


He might have also noted that on June 23 the UN and the global community voted overwhelmingly to call for an end to these sanctions. The vote was a staggering 184 in favour with only the United States and Israel voting against. There were 3 abstentions.


Meanwhile, on July 28 an attempt to bring up the Cuban protests at the Organization of American States (OAS) was defeated by a coalition of countries.


The meeting was boycotted by countries including Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina as well as Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, and others of the Caribbean Community. This has forced at least its postponement.


In a ludicrously small coalition of reactionaries versus the UN position, the United States managed to get twenty-one Foreign Ministers of various countries to release a joint statement attacking the Cuban government on July 26. Many of the signatories are from far right Eastern European governments.


Given that the right wing Greek government signed off on it the Communist Party of Greece released a statement July 27 denouncing it:


The KKE denounces the despicable joint statement supporting the criminal plans of US imperialism against Cuba, signed by 21 Foreign Ministers, including the Greek Foreign Minister, N. Dendias. The joint statement, co-signed by the US Secretary of State, as well as the Foreign Ministers of a bloc of reactionary governments, such as of Israel, Brazil, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic states, etc., adopts all the provocative pretexts of the Biden administration’s intervention plan against the people and the government of Cuba.
It is a severe provocation for the ND government to express hypocritical concerns about the ‘human rights’, ‘freedoms’ and ‘living conditions’ of the Cuban people, at the same time that it is promoting anti-labour laws in Greece, is striking a blow against the workers’ wages and rights, bears criminal responsibilities for the spread of the pandemic and intensifies repression to the detriment of the workers’–people's movement. This signature, for which it assumes heavy responsibilities, intervenes directly in the internal affairs of an independent state and entangles our country in very dangerous scenarios and plans, which is why it needs to be massively rejected and condemned by the Greek people.
The KKE expresses its full solidarity with the Cuban people and the Cuban government, who are not alone in facing the dangerous plans that are being hatched against them.



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