September 6 2016
Activities to call for an end to the blockade are scheduled for September 17. Photo: Juvenal Balán
The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution will hold public hearings to denounce the negative impacts of the genocidal imperialist policy of blockade against Cuba
Solidarity against the Blockade and Terrorism
A unanimous call for peace will be heard during the “Tenemos Memora. Solidaridad contra el Bloqueo y el Terrorismo” (We Remember: Solidarity against the Blockade and Terrorism) event, which began on September 4 and runs through October 27, with a range of activities planned to recall the various attacks on the Cuban Revolution and their thousands of victims.
Return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base
The event seeks to unite calls to demand an end to the cruel economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States for over half a century, with the intention of starving the Cuban people and thwarting the social development of the island. Participants will also call for the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base, a site used by the U.S. to torture prisoners who are detained indefinitely without trial.
In this context, the event will also see condemnation of the current offensive on the part of local oligarchies, backed by imperialist forces, against revolutionary and progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, including planned parliamentary coups and threats to the political stability and sovereignty of the peoples.
A tribute to Fabio Di Celmo
The activities began with a tribute to Fabio Di Celmo, the young Italian killed by a bomb blast in the capital’s Hotel Copacabana on September 4, 1997, placed by the Salvadoran mercenary Raúl Ernesto Cruz León and financed by Cuban-American terrorists in Florida. Fabio’s father, Giustino, passed away on September 1, 2015, without having seen justice done for his son.
The 1973 coup in Chile
In addition, several anniversaries of incidents which occurred in September and October will be commemorated, including that of the coup in Chile (09/11/1973); the imprisonment of the Five Cuban heroes (09/12/1998); the assassination of politician and Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier (09/21/1976); the blowing up of the Cubana airlines flight from Barbados (10/06/1976); and the assassination of the heroic guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia (10/08/1967).
The decolonization of Puerto Rico
Activities to call for an end to the blockade are scheduled for September 17, and for the decolonization of Puerto Rico on September 23. Meanwhile, the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution will hold public hearings to denounce the negative impacts of the genocidal imperialist policy of blockade against Cuba, condemned by the international community almost unanimously, which will again be put to a vote at the UN on October 27.
The program of events has been organized by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and will see similar activities held in various parts of the world, while and student collectives will be further encouraged in their struggles for the emancipation of the peoples of the South.