Cuba vs Blockade

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Published on Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:18
Written by By Yahilka Hérnandez Tilán
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Like any Cuban of these times, must have regretted, on more than one occasion, the difficult situation of our country. You must have complained about the transportation, the lack of medicines in the pharmacies, the restrictions on one side or the other. But do you know the cause of the problem?

This is the commercial and financial economic blockade imposed by the governments of the United States to Cuba since the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty. This deprived us of development, closed doors, put limits on our economy and showed convincing signs of injustice from the beginning of the Revolution.

The purpose of US policy with the blockade against Cuba has been, since its establishment more than three decades ago, to impose its will on this small country through coercion and force, in spite of the norms of international law and against of the will and decision of the Cuban people to defend their sovereignty and the right to self-determination. They have not achieved their purpose, but without a doubt, they caused considerable damage to the economy and the Cuban people.

We have had excessive losses since the blockade. In health, for example, there is a shortage of drugs destined for treatments such as cancer or other long and short-term treatments that directly harm the population.

Food is not left behind: The Cuban government spends about one billion dollars a year subsidizing rice, coffee, meat, grains, bread and other food distributed in small amounts to each citizen per month, for a price of less than three dollars while children, additionally, receive powdered milk and soy yogurt, and sick medical diets. Even so, the quota is insufficient to cover the needs. For this reason, Cubans must buy non-subsidized food, which represents a heavy expense for their monthly salary.

In terms of education, the Cuban government's impediment to the US market affects the purchase of school supplies and the maintenance of the school network; for this reason he is forced to buy it in countries far from the island, which generates high expenses. It also seriously affects the exchange of scientific, cultural and sports information.

Our country is about to present again the Draft Resolution against the United States Blockade of Cuba in the UN General Assembly. On October thirty-first, members of the International Organization will vote to support the cessation of the longest blockade in history. It is a moment of expectation for every Cuban. We do not lose hope of a unanimous vote in favor of Cuba.

More than seventy percent of the Cuban population was born under the blockade. The backwardness generated by this cause in all areas of the lives of Cubans is nothing more than the consequence of an arbitrary measure that totally violates human rights and also the legitimate right to economic and political self-determination of our people.

It is not difficult to imagine the progress that Cuba would have achieved and from which it has been deprived, if during these almost sixty years it had not been subjected to the imposed unilateral repressive measures. There is no doubt that our city would have more development if it had not been subject to an unjust blockade that has left restrictions and needs in its path.

Cuba permanently claims its sovereign right and the inalienable duty to denounce the damages and violations imposed on its people by the policy of blockade, to the citizens of the United States, to third countries and to International Law.

The application of this policy continues being the main obstacle to the economic and social development of Cuba and constitutes a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights and a violation of the right to peace, development and security of a sovereign state.

We have, for the moment, to continue with the denunciation of this repressive management. Impose our right to sovereignty, stand in solidarity with those who need it and stand firm in order to show the world that Cuba is much more than a small island blockaded.

Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero