London, 8 August 2021- Members of the Cuba solidarity organisation "Rock Around the Blockade" (RATB) and the Revolutionary Communist Group in the United Kingdom highlighted this Sunday that the island constitutes a paradigm for progressive forces worldwide, on the occasion of the virtual presentation of the documentary “Mi primera tarea” (My first Task). They also recognised the country's achievements in education, health and sports, mentioning in particular the results obtained by Cuba at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where it came 14th in the overall medal table by country.
We speak to the Cuban Ambassador to the UK Bárbara Montalvo Álvarez. She discusses the anti-government protests in Cuba and the biased Western media coverage, the role of US companies in fomenting the unrest with hashtags such as SOSCuba, the effects of the US embargo on the Cuban economy which she calls a genocidal policy, the Cuban medical industry and its production of homemade vaccines, the US’ listing of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror, Cuba’s warmth to the prospect of Lula Da Silva returning to power in Brazil amid what some call the Second Pink Tide and much more!
London, 21 July 2021
Unite, the UK’s leading union, which has long supported progressive causes in Latin America, has declared its belief that recent disturbances in Cuba have at their root cause the inhumane blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba and which adversely effects many countries that wish to trade with Cuba.
Unite fully acknowledges the essential grievances of Cuban workers and their families due to shortages of food, power and medicines that became more acute during the Trump presidency and have not been alleviated under President Biden.