179 Countries Vote Against U.S. Blockade of Cuba

October 31, 2004

For the 13th consecutive time, the UN General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.

The voting on the resolution was 179 countries in favor and four against (United States, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau), while Micronesia abstained . During the debate at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, several heads of state and government condemned Washington’s policy of aggression.

For more than 40 years, the U.S. government has blockaded Cuba with the aim of overthrowing the government and social system of that country and imposing U.S. colonial rule.

Through the blockade, the U.S. government has not only prohibited U. S. companies from importing or exporting goods to Cuba including even food, medicine, energy, spare parts, etc. The U.S. has also tried to force other countries to break economic relations with Cuba.

It is estimated that the blockade has cost Cuba $80 million.

In addition to the economic blockade, the U.S. government has spent 40 years organizing destabilization campaigns against the Cuban government, financing counter-revolutionary bands inside and outside of the country, employing biological and chemical warfare, etc.

In recent months the Bush administration has tightened the blockade, practically eliminating all travel between the country and adopting new measures aimed at the financial strangulation of Cuba. The Bush administration has even published a battle plan for a U.S. invasion and the setting up of a U.S. puppet regime. This battle plan calls for privatization of the Cuban economy and its takeover by U.S. capitalism and the destruction of such social services as health care, education and social security which the current system guarantees for every Cuban.

But Cuba has not given way under the pressure of U.S. imperialism. It continues to defend its independence and build its economic and political system according to the will of its people.

For this reason, Cuba stands as an inspiration to the peoples everywhere who are struggling to win and preserve their national independence and to advance along the path of social progress.

The duty of the American people is to continue to join with peoples throughout the world who are demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.