Havana, Cuba, Oct 29.- Gayle McLaughlin, mayor of the city of Richmond, California, supported the need to change the US policy towards Cuba.
In statements to Prensa Latina news agency, the official criticized Washington’s stance towards the Caribbean island over the last five decades, and championed understanding between the two countries.
The United States imposed the economic, financial and commercial blockade on Cuba in 1962, by way of a decree signed by the then President John F. Kennedy.
McLaughlin expressed her wish that the administration of Barack Obama lifts the blockade of Cuba and lets US citizens travel freely.
The mayor, who visited the island in 1986, feels an enormous connection with the Caribbean nation and considers that there’s still a lot to learn from Cubans.
The official reiterated her support for the cause of the five Cuban heroes -Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, known as The Five internationally, who were condemned in the United States for fighting terrorism.
Cuba has the right, like any other nation, to defend itself against terrorism, she specified. (ACN)