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Ecuadoreans from Manabi demand an end of US blockade on Cuba

Quito, June 26, 2019.- From Manabi, the Provincial Coordinator of the Movement of Friendship and Solidarity with Cuba, demanded on Tuesday that the United States put an end to the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on the island for decades.

The demand was recorded in a letter sent to the president of the northern country, Donald Trump, from Portoviejo, capital of Manabí, in which they stated that the Constitution establishes the right to self-determination of peoples and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, as well as to live in peace with other nations and have good relations.

With this introduction, the Provincial Coordinator recalled that the national government has pronounced itself in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) for the immediate end of the blockade against Cubans.

In this sense, he told Trump: 'We observe that your government has not complied with the resolutions issued by the UNGA and, on the contrary, has undertaken an escalation of aggressive and interfering measures against the sister Republic of Cuba.

Likewise, the entity considered that the warmongering rhetoric used, as well as the deliberate retreat promoted by the administration of Washington in the links with the Caribbean territory, contravene the principles on which the Charter of the United Nations was based and limit peaceful coexistence among States.

In particular, the members of the Coordinadora considered that the recent activation of Title III of the Helms Burton Act is one more maneuver to put pressure on the Republic of Cuba.

We recognize that this action promoted by your Government is part of the regional subversive strategy that attempts to rescue the postulates of the Monroe Doctrine', they assured and later repudiated the efforts, from Washington, to condition Cuban foreign policy, which they described as supportive, internationalist and anti-imperialist.

Subsequently, they demanded: 'The immediate fulfillment of the UNGA to end the economic, commercial and financial siege against Cuba, as well as to assume the almost unanimous demand of the planet for the cessation of this policy, which causes the loss of human lives and violates international law.

They also demanded that the White House respect the sovereign and independent character of the Cuban State, cease actions to subvert that political-social system, immediately repeal the Helms Burton law, return the territory illegally occupied by the naval base in Guantánamo and for the financing of counterrevolutionary actions in Cuba.

We ratify ourselves in our friendship, brotherhood and solidarity towards the undefeated Cuban Revolution, towards your Government and other institutions of Cuban civil society; and we demand you, Mr. President, to desist from applying your hostile policy and to respect the sovereignty and self-determination of the Cuban people,' they concluded.