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The world repeats its rejection of the blockade after UN vote

Media outlets, popular movements and supporters of Cuba have echoed the result of the UN vote this Wednesday, November 1, reiterating their opposition to the U.S. blockade

3 de noviembre de 2017 - Taken from Granma

Media, popular movements and supporters of Cuba in general have echoed the result of the UN vote this Wednesday, November 1, on the draft resolution presented by Cuba on the need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than half a century.

According to the CubavsBloqueo website, President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, broadcast nationwide on television and radio, expressed his congratulations to Cuban leader, Army General Raúl Castro, following the global condemnation of Washington’s genocidal policy against the island.

Maduro greeted his counterpart following Cuba’s resounding victory in the UN vote, and also described Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez’ speech as admirable, noting that he “spoke with the strength and truth of the Caribbean people.”

He added that the United States had presented itself with complete arrogance in the debate, and was also isolated in its “retrograde and Jurassic” policy.

Meanwhile, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, condemned the blockade which he described as “an affront to international law and against all humanity.”

Through his Twitter account @evoespueblo, the president stressed that “the criminal blockade has not prevented Cuba from being an example of solidarity.”

From another part of the globe, Russia advised the United States to listen to the voice of the overwhelming majority of the international community and demanded that it take concrete steps to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba, Prensa Latina reported.

Washington should listen not only to the voice of practically the entire world to end the blockade policy against the island, but also that of its own public opinion, an official comment from the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.

Likewise, a PL cable points out that several workers’ organizations in Costa Rica backed the vote by 191 countries in the United Nations General Assembly to call for the elimination of the blockade against the Cuban people.

“Our solidarity with the Cuban people and we hope that the overwhelming support of 191 countries can continue to make an impact, to end the unilateral and unjustified policies of the United States,” highlights a statement by the National Union of Social Security Fund Employees (UNDECA) and the “Fidel Castro Ruz” Mesoamerica Youth section of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).

Syria’s Ambassador to Cuba Idris Maya expressed his congratulations on Cuba’s victory against the blockade: “We bless the Republic of Cuba, its leadership, government and people for the great achievement and victories secured by the distinguished Cuban diplomacy during the voting session on the draft resolution that demands the end of the blockade, which violates all human values and principles and constitutes a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter, as well as demonstrating Washington’s lies and falsities on democracy and human rights.”