This people will never be forced to surrender

National Assembly of People’s Power International Relations Commission holds hearing on blockade

“Fifty-four years of aggression and economic war perpetuated by the world’s most powerful country, will never force this people to surrender, despite the economic damage done, which has reached a value of more than a trillion dollars, given the depreciation of the USD,” reads the National Assembly of People’s Power International Relations Commission’s declaration, released during a hearing held to gather testimony about the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

The document, read by Deputy Miriam Ofelia Ortega Suárez, summarizes the impact of the criminal blockade and describes the hostile policy as unprecedented, the longest and most ironclad seen during modern times.

The statement concludes with an appeal to parliamentarians around the world, including the U.S. Congress, to express opposition to the blockade and support for Cuba’s resolution, to be considered by the United Nations General Assembly, calling for an end to the blockade and respect for Cubans’ right to determine their own destiny.