The U.S. has banned sales of food and medicine to Cuba for 56 years

Havana, May 14 - Fifty-six years ago, then U.S. President Lyndon Johnson prohibited countries from around the world to sell medicines or food to Cuba, a policy that has been maintained and was hardened by the Trump administration.

The first hostile measures against the island were approved in 1960 and in February 1962 they were tightened. But on May 14, 1964, the Johnson administration suspended shipments of food and medicines.

Under the argument of fighting communism, Washington intended to strangle the Cuban economy, after the failure of the military invasion of Bay of Pigs (Playa Giron) in 1961, perpetrated by U.S.-backed mercenaries.

Washington also used as a justification the implementation by Havana of a group of measures in favor of the island's sovereignty, such as the nationalization of sugar mills and large foreign companies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce then decided to amend the Regulations on Exports to Cuba, revoking the issuance of general licenses for food and drug shipments.

In July 1964, pressure from the White House reached the Organization of American States (OAS), which imposed a blockade on all trade with Cuba, except for food, medicine and medical supplies.

At the same time, Washington negotiated with European countries to apply sanctions against its close neighbor.

Since then, the U.S. blockade policy towards Cuba has not changed; on the contrary, pressures to suffocate the island have increased, especially now, when the country is also facing the Covid-19.

According to Cuban authorities, since 2017 the US government has applied more than 190 hostile actions against the island, which shows the intensification of the economic, commercial and financial siege against it.

On Wednesday, and again to justify its aggressive policy towards the island, Donald Trump's administration reinstated Cuba on its list of nations that 'do not cooperate with anti-terrorist efforts'.

The provision issued by the U.S. State Department was rejected by Cuban authorities, who denounced, once again, how Washingtoin hides its history of state terrorism and genocide against the island.

(Taken from Prensa Latina)

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