PRESS RELEASE OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FRIENDS OF CUBA CONDEMNING THE ESCALATION OF THE ECONOMIC BLOCAKADE AGAINST CUBA.
The Trinidad and Tobago Friends of Cuba condemns in the strongest terms the escalation of the Economic Blockade against Cuba. In June 2019 the State Department headed secretary Mike Pompeo and the US National Security Adviser John Bolton have adopted, with new vigour, the most extreme incarnation of the Muroe Doctrine which is designed to give the US hegemonic control of the Western Hemisphere. The Cuban revolution remains an affront to this doctrine. These new measures include among other things, the placing of Cuba on the list of countries which have not fought human trafficking and the adoption of the Title III, the most draconian Clause of the Helm Burton Act (1996).
These measures are tantamount to economic warfare against the Cuban people. Sixty (60) years of the economic blockade has cost the Cuban economy $134 B US. This translates into the suffering of the Cuban people and this reduction in the pace of development in many areas of the Cuban economy. Despite the foregoing and the unjust identification of Cuba as a state who does not fight human trafficking Cuba still has the most stable society in Latin American in terms of crime, health care and social justice. Compared to its powerful neighbour to the north where that country is still grappling with the lack of universal health care, the mal treatment of immigrants, social injustice including racism and human trafficking particularly in the sex trade inclusive of children.