"Cuba is an example of strength, humanism and solidarity throughout the world, defending the sovereignty of peoples around the world and social justice." Photo: Levante Popular da Juventude/Facebook.
Young people from the Levante Popular da Juventude (Popular Youth Uprising) movement organized a demonstration Monday morning in front of the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro, whose objective was to demand the removal of Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
"For decades, the U.S. government has adopted a hostile policy, seeking to isolate the Cuban people through various sanctions. In the midst of the pandemic, in 2021, the Trump administration reinforced the blockade with 243 new sanctions and re-included Cuba on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism."
"The decision to include or remove a State from the list of State sponsors of terrorism rests solely with the President of the United States and may be taken at any time."
"That is why, with the audacity of the youth, Levante occupies the US Consulate for its commitment to the internationalist struggle, to the struggle of the Latin American peoples against the tentacles of imperialism and to the legacy of the Cuban revolution," the movement argues in a statement published on the social network Facebook.
For youth activist and vice president of the National Union of Students (UNE), Daiane Araújo, Cuba is "victim of an illegal embargo and is only on the list of countries that support terrorism because the United States is against the self-determination of peoples."
"Cuba is an example of strength, humanism and solidarity throughout the world, defending the sovereignty of peoples around the world and social justice."
In the protest the demonstrators carried small funeral boxes where outside the name of each of the countries in which the United States has intervened was read.
Last Saturday, during the G77 + China summit in Havana, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reproached the sanctions imposed by the United States on Cuba, in the largest event of countries of the Global South within the United Nations (UN).
(With information from Telesur)