LatAm Peasants Demand End to US Blockade of Cuba

Buenos Aires, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) – The 6th Latin American Congress of Peasants” Organizations (CLOC) demanded in its final declaration an end to the US economic, commercial and financial blockade that is still affecting the Cuban people.

Four leaders of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) represented the Cuban peasants in the Congress, at which they explained the transformations under way in Cuba’s countryside as part of the economic update program.

One of the Cuban representatives, Maria del Carmen Barroso, told Prensa Latina that during the Socialist Night, an event held on Thursday night, participants highlighted Cuba’s agrarian reform and the support for Cuban farmers provided by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

They also expressed satisfaction with the return home of the Cuban Five, who were unjustly held in US prisons for 16 years.

Barros, along with Rilma Roman and Beatriz Navarro, from the ANAP leadership, joined a mass March of Peasants on Friday in Buenos Aires to demand food sovereignty and to protest against capitals and transnational companies.

In its final declaration, the CLOC ratified its support for the regional and continental processes reflected in UNASUR, ALBA, Mercosur and CELAC, as well as “the strong solidarity and unity between the organizations and the Latin American and Caribbean Countries”.

They supported Cuba’s demand against the US blockade and the maneuvers and campaigns against its people, “an attitude that encourages us to continue building the Great Homeland of Bolivar, San Martin, Marti, Sandino and Chavez”.

The document warned that the Congress was held at a time “when contradictions and class struggle are reflected in an offensive by the capital to promote new wars, oppression and conspiracy against all peoples.”

That aggressiveness had its maximum expression in the direct attack on Venezuela, which the United States declared a threat to national security.

It is also expressed in several destabilizing strategies orchestrated by the alliance of big entrepreneurial media groups and the financial capital to defeat our peoples’ sovereignty and prevent the actions by progressive governments in the region.

The 6th CLOC also condemned patriarchy, racism, sexism and homophobia.