“The illegal US military base established in Guantanamo Bay over a century ago is an insult to the sovereignty of the Cuban people and has to stop immediately,” said the President of the World Peace Council, Brazilian Maria do Socorro Gomes at the opening of the Second Seminar on Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, held in the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo.
The Second Seminar for the elimination of foreign military bases began on Wednesday, in Caimanera, in the eastern Cuban province of Guantanamo, with a call for the withdrawal of troops in occupied countries and for the end of attacks against sovereign nations.
Socorro explained that in this Peace Seminar more than 80 delegates from 36 countries will demand the deactivation of all nuclear plants worldwide and will harshly criticize development of nuclear weapons, ACN news agency reported.
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She also urged participants to cut exports of radioactive minerals to countries that use them in the weapon industry, and to involve political and social leaders from all over the world in the struggle against foreign military bases, some installed for the alleged purpose of “fighting drug trafficking”.
Socorro encouraged the participants to join efforts internationally to demand the release of the five Cuban antiterrorists unjustly imprisoned since 1998 in the US, a nation with military bases all over the world.
The president of the WPC noted that prisoners in the US base in Guantanamo are still waiting for President Barack Obama to close that facility, as he promised.
Socorro said that ever since the 2010 World Social Forum, peace movements from Latin America and the Caribbean embarked on a campaign for the elimination of all military bases in the planet.
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