Dublin, July 7, 2021. The “Walking for Cuba against the blockade” campaign has completed an important stage when it arrived in Dublin, at the International Convention Center, the current provisional seat of the Irish Parliament, after 60 kilometers of march, one kilometer for each year of existence of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States government against the Cuban people.
The walkers were received by Deputy Thomas Pringle, coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of Friendship with Cuba, and by the also members of the Group, Deputies Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly, who as acting Speaker of Dáil received a petition from the walkers for which they request the efforts of parliamentarians and senior officials in the Irish Government to:
• Take advantage of Ireland's permanence as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council to promote a process of normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba that ends the blockade.
• Promote an international investigation to determine the amount of economic compensation that Cuba would deserve from the United States since the international community has been condemning the blockade at the United Nations.
• Strengthen European regulations to defend the rights of individuals and commercial entities, so that they can trade freely with Cuba, without suffering the coercion of North American official bodies.
• Establish a European financial architecture that rejects the control of US financial offices over transactions between European and Cuban entities, in accordance with the rules of the European Union and the World Trade Organization.
This has been an initiative developed by the solidarity organization Cuba Support Group Ireland and this great walk should have taken place last year but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however for months the organization has been promoting walks in various cities with the aim of mobilizing public opinion and demanding an end to the cruel policy of the Yankee blockade.
The Organization has had a permanent presence on social networks and through its website, denounced the consequences of the economic blockade on Cuba and the efforts of the island's authorities to preserve the health of the Cuban people, as well as the solidarity contribution to health in other 40 nations through the intervention of 57 medical brigades from the Henry Reeve contingent, specialized in exceptional situations.
The Cuban Ambassador to Ireland Hugo Ramos Milanés, along with Consul Soraya Torres Jaime and a group of Cubans living in Dublin representing the “Che Guevara” Association of Cuban living in Ireland, attended to welcome the walkers and to express on behalf of the Cuban people deep appreciation and gratitude for this altruistic gesture.
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