June 23 was one more day of affirmation of solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban people on the occasion of the vote on yet another resolution demanding the end of the criminal Blockade imposed on Cuba by the USA. Presented by Cuba since 1992 to the United Nations General Assembly, it has since been approved by a large majority, demonstrating the isolation of the Blockade and that Cuba, free and sovereign, is resisting.
The recent protests in Cuba over deteriorating conditions have a material basis that cannot be dismissed. No matter how heroic a people may be, socialism must provide for their material needs. The U.S. blockade of Cuba is designed precisely to thwart that and to discredit socialism in Cuba and anywhere else where oppressed people try to better their lot.
Cuban President Díaz-Canel warned in 2019:
El Consejo Mundial de la Paz (CMP) expresa su seria preocupación por el reciente plan imperialista bien orquestado y pagado para crear caos y desorden en Cuba, utilizando como pretexto la severa escasez de bienes importados y otros productos de primera necesidad, así como cortes de electricidad, hechos que tienen en gran medida sus causas profundas en los casi sesenta (60) años de criminal bloqueo impuesto por Estados Unidos a Cuba.
The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its serious concern about the recent well-orchestrated and paid imperialist plan to create chaos and disorder in Cuba, using as a pretext the severe shortages of imported goods and other basic necessities, as well as electricity cuts - realities that to the great extent are rooted in the almost 60-year criminal blockade imposed by the USA on Cuba.
he Meeting for Peace, held on June 5 at the Luísa Todi Forum, in Setúbal, Portugal, under the motto «for Peace, we are all never too many», was an important moment for affirmin the values of peace, disarmament, solidarity and cooperation.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) organized two actions under the moto «Yes to Peace! No to NATO!» on June 14, the same day the NATO Summit 2021 was held in Brussels. The actions took place in the streets of Lisbon and Porto, with more than two dozen organizations subscribing the appeal launched by the CPPC calling for action and denouncing once again the catastrophic action of NATO on the peoples lives and its antagonism to peace.
The appeal was the following:
The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US on Cuba for over 60 years is an unacceptable unilateral act, with an extraterritorial nature, which disrespects and affronts the United Nations Charter and International Law, and which seeks to attack the sovereignty and rights of Cuba and of the Cuban people.
In response to the appeal made by the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) together with the Movement for the Rights of the Palestinian People and for Peace in the Middle East (MPPM) and the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP-IN), thousands of people took into the streets to give voice to the Solidarity with the Palestinian people and to demand an end to Israel's crimes, to the massacres, the oppression, the humiliations – in a word, an end to the occupation.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation strongly condemns the violence exercised in recent days by the Israeli army, police and settlers against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and other territories of occupied Palestine, with the eviction of populations from their homes in Sheik Jarrah and, right in the middle of Ramadan, the obstruction of access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, considered the third most important site of the Islamic religion located in the heart of the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation expresses its fraternal solidarity with the courageous struggle of the Colombian people for peace, democracy and social justice, expressed in the great strikes and demonstrations that have been taking place all over the country for several days.
The protests, initiated against the imposition of a new tax law - which led to the call for a national strike on April 28 - quickly evolved to challenge the entire regime in force in Colombia, which is extremely unfair, violent, repressive and fascistic.