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Friday, July 20, 2012
Social Organizations in Nicaragua Demand End of US Blockade of Cuba
Havana, Cuba, Jul 20.- Members of Latin American and Caribbean social organizations, gathered in the Nicaraguan capital Managua, demanded the lifting of the over-50-year economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba and the return to the island of the five anti-terrorist fighters held in the U.S. since 1998.
The participants, who held several international forums of leftist and youth organizations this week, organized a solidarity-with-Cuba rally which also condemned the coup in Paraguay and expressed support of Venezuela, Prensa Latina reported from Managua.
The best way to bring together all accords reached in the forums is this meeting supportive of Cuba, example of the socialist ideal, said the coordinator of the Nicaraguan Solidarity-with-Cuba Movement, Freddy Franco.
The youth leader called for the consolidation of spaces to boost the unity of the Latin American and Caribbean people and he stressed the role being played by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA) as a regional integration bloc favoring social transformations in the benefit of the majorities.
Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua Eduardo Martinez said that Managua turned into the capital of leftist movements these days, due to what the Nicaraguan people’s revolution represents and what it has achieved.
The rally was attended by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu; Belgian psychologist Francois Houtart; the coordinator of an Ecuadorian indigenous organization, Esmeralda Yasig, and the first secretary of the Cuban Young Communist League Liudmila Alamo. (ACN).
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