Protests in Cuba highlight impact of U.S. embargo

Come to a public meeting!

 End the U.S. economic war against Cuba!


5.30 pm Thursday July 29

FIRST Union,  
120 Church St
 Onehunga

Protests in Cuba on July 11 were given prominent coverage in the mainstream media. It was falsely claimed that they were an anti-government uprising, that the government had mismanaged its response to COVID-19, and that there was violent repression by the police of peaceful demonstrations.


What gained little media attention was the counter-response. The Cuban president went into the streets, as did thousands of supporters of the Cuban Revolution, to discuss with protesters their concerns and calm the situation. On July 17 there were further large outpourings by supporters of the government and revolution.

The economic situation is difficult in Cuba, with electrical blackouts, high prices and shortages of necessities. Washington-backed opponents of the government used these hardships to fuel the protests and draw some ordinary Cubans into them.

At the heart of the economic difficulties is an embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for over 60 years, which seeks to use economic pressure to overturn Cuba’s socialist revolution.

On July 12 US President Joseph Biden cynically proclaimed, “We stand with the Cuban people”. But he has so far maintained the more than 243 measures imposed by Donald Trump that deepened the impact of the embargo.
Come to a public meeting to find out more about the situation in Cuba and campaigns calling for the lifting of US sanctions against Cuba.


The New York Times featured this photo of a pro-government demonstration as an anti-government protest. In it you can see Gerardo Hernandez (below arrow) one of the Cuban Five and today the national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution.



In Wellington July 30th ?


End the sanctions! Syringes to Cuba!

 


Public Meeting and Fundraising Dinner


Saturday, June 19

4pm Public Meeting, 5.30pm Fundraising Dinner

Auckland Trades Hall, 

147 Great North Road, 

Grey Lynn

4pm Public meeting  - End the sanctions against Cuba Now!.

On June 23 the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to hear debate and vote on a resolution demanding the U.S. government end its over 60-year economic war against Cuba. The Cuban Ambassador to New Zealand Edgardo Valdés López will speak.

In 1959, millions of Cubans, led by Fidel Castro and the July 26 Movement, overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and carried out a socialist revolution. In 1962 the United States government imposed an economic, financial and commercial embargo of Cuba aimed at starving the Cuban people back into submission. Twelve successive US administrations have continued this policy.

5.30pm Fundraising Dinner - Please Help US Send Vital 

Vaccination Syringes to Cuba 

Cuba has a shortage of 20 million syringes vital to the goal of vaccinating the entire Cuban population against Covid. 

We are working with Global Health Partners to send syringes to Cuba.  

Please show your solidarity now with a country that has done so much for the health of its own people, and for struggling communities around the world.

Over the past year alone, Cuba has sent 3,700 health workers, in 52 international medical brigades, to 39 countries overwhelmed by the pandemic. Cuba’s international medical brigades have treated patients and saved lives for the past 15 years in 53 countries confronting natural disasters and serious epidemics, such as the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Cuba has developed five internationally recognized candidate COVID-19 vaccines, with two in Phase III clinical trials as of April 2021. Cuba has 11.3 million people, but plans to produce 100 million doses of vaccine, to meet its commitment to sharing its low-cost vaccines with poor countries in the developing world.

Donate online to New Zealand Cuba Society 02-0159-0200303-00 

Organised by Auckland Cuba Friendship Society Email: cubafriends.ak@gmail.com


Letter to Minister Mahuta

 Wellington Cuba Friendship Writes to the Minister of Foreign Affairs       

The Wellington Cuba Friendship Society, has written to the Honorable Nanaia Mahuta   on behalf of Cuba Solidarity Aotearoa seeking her intervention in the ongoing enforcement of the illegal U.S. blockade by the New Zealand banking industry, and postal and shipping services


 The letter notes that "private citizens have ... been asked personal, unnecessary, and intrusive questions when simply trying to pay for normal consular services" and further that NZ businesses face unnecessary and counterproductive barrier to  trying to establish themselves internationally only to find they face impediments such as these, which are not experienced in other international trade arenas.

Even the Cuban Embassy faces punitive conditions enforced by major NZ banks including:

  •   Denial of the provision of a credit card.
  •  Unable to use online banking between their own accounts.
  • Holding of monies received electronically from Europe for weeks at a time, often involving amounts as small as several hundred Euros.
  •   The Embassy is required to provide information that is intrusive and unjustified, including but not limited to:

-          A detailed account of the purpose of the payment

-          Supporting documents to prove this.

 

read the full letter

Contact YOUR Member of Parliament and demand government action ~ are we an independent nation or simply a vassal state subservient to the US?