Paris, Mar 23 – A national meeting on solidarity with Cuba opened in France on Saturday, with participation from members of organizations supporting the Caribbean nation and a delegation from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP).
Issues such as the struggle against the U.S. blockade and the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States, the media battle and dissemination of Cuba’s situation, the international friendship brigades and cooperation projects are listed on the meeting’s agenda.
The event, held in the town of Bagnolet, near Paris, will be inaugurated by ICAP First Vice President Elio Gamez and Cuban Ambassador to France Orlando Requeijo.
The book “El Derecho de la Humanidad a Existir”(Humanity’s Right to Exist), a compilation in French of reflections on the environment by the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and printed by the Bruno Leprince publishing house, will be released on Saturday.
The program also includes the screening of the documentary “Fidel Castro, Caudal de Rio,” by Mundo Latino, which evokes the Cuban leader’s participation in the 1992 World Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Another book to be launched is “Viviendo bajo un Bloqueo durante 50 Años” (Living under a Blockade for 50 Years), in which French writer Françoise Lopez explains how the Cuban people are facing this criminal policy imposed by the United States.
The struggle against Washington’s economic, commercial and financial siege on Cuba is one of the priorities of the solidarity movement in France.
The battle for the release of the five antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in the United States is also a major objective.
Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero were detained in 1998 for alerting their country about terrorist acts organized by the Miami Mafia.
In Rene’s case, after serving 13 years of unjust imprisonment, he was subjected to a regime of supervised release for three years, during which he must remain in the United States, which is an additional punishment.
Delegates from such groups as Cuba Si France, Cuba Cooperation and France Cuba, among others, are attending the meeting.
The event will end after the approval of a final statement establishing the general working lines of the French movement of solidarity with Cuba, and a cultural gala will be held.
Source: Prensa Latina