The Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, attacked the United States for the progressive hardening of its policy towards the island and warned that “those who have insisted on writing the epitaph of this triumphant Revolution will be left with the will.”
Díaz-Canel closed the first plenary session held by the Cuban Parliament since the beginning of the pandemic with an intervention starring criticism of the intensified political and financial “persecution” it suffers Cuba by the neighboring country.
The bilateral relations reestablished in 2015 are now going through one of their lowest moments, as a result of the decision of the Administration of Donald Trump to toughen the embargo with new sanctions in retaliation for the alleged logistical support of Havana to the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.
However, the Cuban head of state ratified in his speech – in the presence of the leader of the Communist Party, Raúl Castro– that his country “will not renounce to maintain its relations of cooperation with the Venezuelan brothers.”
The measures seek “smother the economy, create discontent and despair in the population and blame all the problems on the alleged inefficiencies of the Cuban model, “he said.
The president denounced that despite the coronavirus pandemic, “imperialism chose to intensify the blockade (embargo) in an extreme and unprecedented way”, something that not only affected the island’s commercial efforts to acquire equipment and medical supplies, but also to “the reception of solidarity or humanitarian aid“sent by other countries.
“It is a reality that we Cubans will not be able to forget,” said Díaz-Canel, who mentioned among the most damaging measures of the last year the “efforts” to interrupt the arrival of fuel to Cuba, the ban on flights from the USA to all Cuban airports except Havana or the prohibition of Americans from staying in state hotels.
He also deplored Washington’s recent crusade to prevent the sending remittances from the United States to Cuba by vetoing transactions with the Fincimex company, linked to the GAESA military conglomerate and the main legal channel for sending money to the Caribbean country.
That decision, as Fincimex warned yesterday Tuesday, will force the closure of the 407 branches of Western Union on the island and will leave hundreds of Cuban families unable to receive financial assistance from their relatives, at a time of severe crisis.
Affects to families
“This is an action that affects a considerable number of compatriots and their ties to their families” in the United States, said the president, who insisted that the embargo “lacks political, legal and moral justification” and “affects the life of all Cubans “but” is unable to bend our endurance capacity“In his opinion,” that is not politics, it is outrage, it is sedition, it is shameful and infamous. “
The president also referred to the “ruthless attack” of Washington against the shipment of Cuban doctors to third countries. According to Díaz-Canel, the US has pressured other nations “to shameful levels” not to request the support of the island’s sanitarians.
The pandemic on the island
Faced with this scenario, “we Cubans are demonstrating once again that it can be done,” said the president, who stressed that Cuba “has managed to keep the coronavirus, with “negligible” fatality rates.
Since March, Cuba has registered 6,727 cases of Sars-CoV-2 and 128 deaths, and most of the country is already in the “new normal” except for three provinces where outbreaks are currently being fought. Havana has not yet fully reopened but is expected to do so in the coming days.
In the plenary session of the Cuban Assembly, it approved the special plan of measures to face the strong crisis that the country is going through – aggravated by the pandemic-, a plan that plans to accelerate some of the opening-up economic reforms announced by the Government for years but whose implementation has not yet materialized.
“The will is to move forward with determination in the next two months to reach the highest possible level of implementation” this year, said Díaz-Canel, who spoke of “deep transformations” and giving “top priority to production and food marketing“at a time of severe scarcity.