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Solidarity movement with Cuba in Bolivia: a tribute to Fidel (+Photos)

Cochabamba, Bolivia, Nov 26.- The Bolivian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba today reaffirms its strength after an extensive day in which it paid tribute in Cochabamba to the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, with its national meeting.

Solidarity cannot be blocked like food, medicine and even oxygen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as happened with Cuba by the United States Government,” said Dr. Émer Valderrama, president of this social movement in Cochabamba, welcoming more than a hundred delegates.

Valderrama highlighted the presence of the Cuban ambassador, Danilo Sánchez, the official of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP) Junior Bolaños, officials of that diplomatic legation and members of the solidarity movement of La Paz, Cochabamba, Pando, Oruro, Tarija and the Beni, regarding the seventh anniversary of the physical departure of the author of The History will absolve me.

Likewise, specialists from the Ministry of Health, doctors graduated in Cuba, Cuban residents in the highland country and children of martyrs of Che Guevara's guerrilla in this country participated.

An ovation was provoked by the presence of Efraín Quicáñez (Negro José), a revolutionary veteran who fulfilled the mission of removing from the highland country the three Cuban guerrillas who survived Che's exploits in Bolivia in 1967.

Speaking on behalf of ICAP, Bolaños thanked the Bolivian movement for its permanent solidarity in the fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against the island, and the demand that the Government of that country remove the name of Cuba from the unilateral list of countries promoting terrorism.

He conveyed to those present the gratitude of the Hero of the Republic of Cuba and president of ICAP, Fernando González, and explained the challenges of the solidarity movement at the current time.

A particularly emotional moment was Bolaños' reading of the Presidential Decree that supports the posthumous awarding of the post-mortem Friendship Medal to Fernando Campero for his outstanding performance over decades in solidarity with Cuba.

This recognition was delivered to Campero's widow by Ambassador Sánchez.

In thanking this posthumous decoration, the former Minister of Health and former ambassador to Cuba, Ariadna Campero, highlighted her father's outstanding revolutionary career and his dedication to solidarity with Cuba since the beginning of the 1960s.

In the conclusions, Ambassador Sánchez emphasized that solidarity to break the blockade today has to be concrete, and highlighted the collaboration achieved between the two countries in livestock, agriculture, advances in the medical-pharmaceutical industry and in other sectors.

Sánchez described the recent start of Boliviana de Aviación's (BOA) weekly regular flights to Havana as the news in the news.

He recalled that the opening of that route was on October 26, and from then on every Thursday a ship flies to Havana and returns on Fridays.

The aspiration, he explained, is that through this route there is a greater bilateral exchange of passengers, for which he called on the different solidarity groups to develop proposals that contribute to maintaining the greatest presence of travelers on this route.

He considered the recent Cuban presence at the Santa Cruz International Fair (Expocruz) as another important possibility to increase bilateral cooperation, which opens possibilities in livestock, agriculture and the medical-pharmaceutical industry, where concrete results are beginning to be seen, as he expressed.

After the plenary session, two working groups debated the organic strengthening of the solidarity movement with Cuba in Bolivia, and how to combat the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States and the exclusion of Cuba's name from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

These points were included in the final declaration of the meeting, which closed with a cultural gala that included the screening of the audiovisual Por Siempre Fidel. (Text and photos: PL)

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