Help Cuba fight COVID-19 and the illegal U.S. Blockade!

The Cuban people need your help to beat Coronavirus and the illegal U.S. blockade of their country.

At this time of an emergency in Britain and all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand has been growing for the punitive social and economic blockade against Cuba to be lifted – with the Spanish Government joining the call to end sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Cuba has sent over 500 medics to 14 countries including Italy, Andorra, Jamaica, Barbados, Belize and others.

In spite of this, a shipment of urgent medical supplies donated by the Alibaba Foundation to the Caribbean was blocked from reaching Cuba.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, said: “I support the efforts of the Secretary General of the United Nations to make an appeal so that those countries that have sanctions, such as Cuba, Iran or Venezuela, can acquire sanitary material [and] sanitary equipment.”

The United Nations and the Russian and Chinese Governments have called for the lifting of these measures and warned about the effects that they will have on medical supplies.

Organisations throughout the world and across the United States including the American Councils of Churches have supported the call as well.

Now it is time for you to add your voice and get your friends, colleagues and classmates on board too.

The YCL is urging you to join the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in Britain, over 13,000 people including academics and trade unionists like Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey, and over 30 Members of Parliament in demanding the termination of the U.S. Blockade and for international solidarity with Cuba.

This is a significant opportunity to press forwards with demands for global cooperation and respect for sovereignty and self-determination, as opposed to imperialist intervention.

This is a significant opportunity to place pressure on the British Government, European Governments and the European Union in regard to their support, whether explicit or simply turning a blind eye, for inhumane U.S. foreign policy such as sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela.

Join the call on the British Government to make urgent representations to the Trump administration to lift the blockade today.

Add your voice at https://cuba-solidarity.org.uk/end-the-blockade/

Finally, share this post on social media (links below).

In solidarity,

Robin Talbot

Chair

Young Communist League

11 April 2020

London, Britain