Mexico calls for end to Cuba’s economic blockade after protests
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denounced the intervention of foreign agents in the sovereignty of Cuba and offers the Caribbean island food and medical aid.
During his daily press conference, Lopez Obrador referred to the recent protests by opponents of the Cuban Communist Party who took to the streets on Sunday and the US economic sanctions against the island.
For the first time in the country’s history, thousands of people demonstrated in Havana and other cities on the island on Sunday against severe power cuts, food shortages, a coronavirus outbreak and an economic crisis. exacerbated by US sanctions.
“The first thing to do is to end the blockade against Cuba, as most countries in the world are asking for. It would be a real humanitarian gesture.
“No country in the world should be surrounded, blocked. It is the most contrary that there can be to human rights”, declared Lopez Obrador during a press conference.
According to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, reported economic losses in Cuba due to the US economic blockade have amounted to more than $ 144 billion since sanctions began in the early 1960s, with reported losses of 5 billion. in 2020.
“You cannot create a fence, isolate an entire nation for political reasons, or for any reason. No one can, no one has the right to make the decisions that affect the people,” Lopez added. Obrador.
In a televised address, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced the US policy of “economic suffocation to provoke social riots in the country”.
Under the administration of former President Donald Trump, the United States implemented economic measures to restrict foreign companies, effectively prohibiting them from doing business with Cuba. In addition, his administration placed Cuba on a list of states sponsoring terrorism.
“The lack of food and medicine, the problems of the stores with the sales of foreign currencies .. all these problems that are present in our society in the form of dissatisfaction. What is the origin? The cause? It is the blockade, ”said the Cuban. President.