Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2021. 5:27 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Over the weekend, riots broke out in Cuba as people protested food and medicine shortages which were made worse by the pandemic, but Ambassador of Cuba to Belize H. E. Lissette Perez believes that the unrest is ultimately linked directly to the economic embargo placed on Cuba by the United States.
The Ambassador explained that Cuba was already wrestling with the embargo and an additional 243 measures placed against it during the presidency of Donald Trump when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Perez said that the US has since been pushing a narrative through traditional and social media platforms that Cuba is in crisis, without acknowledging the role that the embargo has played in shaping the situation.
“Because we are an island we have to trade, we have to have economic relations with others and all of our main sources of income have been affected. It means the blockade is the base of what is happening because the people are suffering due to the blockade,” Perez said.
Perez said that the international community recognizes the linkage between the suffering of the Cuban people and the blockade, and sent a clear message to the United States when 184 countries of a total of 193 United Nations member countries, that voted to end the embargo which has been in place since 1958.
“It’s not fair to denounce what is happening in Cuba without denouncing the blockage,” Perez added.
On Wednesday the BBC reported that the Cuban government has decided that there will be no limit on such goods brought in by travelers until the end of the year. Travelers will not have to pay any customs duties on food or medicine being brought into the country during this time.
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