Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba
The Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba (TCSQC) joins its voice with the rest of the world in firmly condemning the decision of the U.S. government to include Cuba on its list of states that sponsor terrorism. On January 11, nine days before Donald Trump’s mandate ends and the new president takes office, [U.S. Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo announced that “The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists.”
The TCSQC considers this latest measure on the part of the Trump administration an act of great despair, not of strength. It’s a web of lies and a vengeful act against the courageous Cuban people and government. Ever since the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. has refused to establish equal relations with Cuba, and to respect the sovereignty of the Cuban people and their right to be. For the U.S. to declare that Cuba sponsors terrorist activities reveals once again its shameful hypocrisy, as the real terrorist is the United States.
The reality is that Cuba is the victim of an inhumane blockade imposed by the U.S. government for over 60 years, along with assassinations, terrorist attacks against civilians and systematic economic sabotage, which have met with international condemnation.
Despite these activities of systematic sabotage, Cuba has won the hearts and the support of the world’s peoples for its courageous defence of its sovereignty, its right to determine its own affairs and its vibrant worldwide internationalism. The Henry Reeve Brigade, amongst others, which travels the world to assist during times of natural calamities, earthquakes, pandemics etc., is acclaimed internationally and is now a candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Last year Cubans travelled to over 39 countries to bring relief and make their unfailing contribution to assist humanity in defeating COVID-19.
The TCSQC calls upon the Canadian government to adopt a principled position and formally reject this latest immoral measure imposed by the U.S. government against Cuba.
Washington’s lamentable efforts to isolate Cuba are doomed to fail; they run counter to Cuba’s momentum and that of the peoples of the world, who demand relations between peoples and countries based on mutual benefit and equal exchange between countries large or small, oppose interference, aggression, sanctions and blockades against the peoples and aspire to true human and international solidarity.
Long Live Cuba! Long Live Solidarity Between Peoples!
(January 14, 2021. Translated from the original French by TML.)