SACP backs Cuba’s rejection of ‘capitalist barbarity’

Staff Writer | Aug 09, 2019
The South African Communist Party (SACP) has condemned the United States (US) for what it calls Washington’s ‘imperialist aggression and machination directed at the people of Cuba’.

The SACP said it ‘unwaveringly’ supported Cuba’s choosing ‘the pursuit of socialism as opposed to capitalist barbarity’.

Noting the US’s ‘extraterritorial measures and other forms of imperialist interference, for over half-a-century now, since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in January 1959’, the party accused President Donald Trump of opting for a ‘warmongering path of tightening draconian measures to destroy Cuban independence and subordinate Cuba to the dictates and interests of the US ruling class’.

SACP national spokesperson and head of communications Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo said in a statement: ‘The latest measures aim to extend the United States-imposed illegal blockade against Cuba.

‘The Helms-Burton Act of 1996, sponsored by the so-called “democrats” and “republicans” working in collaboration with each other, is now being pushed by the Trump Administration to agitate for and permit lawsuits to be filed in the US against Cuban entities. This draconian action will have adverse social and economic impact on the Cuban people, including on but not limited to the ownership of their homes, schools and polyclinics where they receive medical care. Through the machination, the Trump administration intends to seize the wealth of the Cuban people, including infrastructure, agricultural land, industries, and mineral and energy resources.’

Mashilo said: ‘The disregard of international law by the Trump administration, through its unilateralism and imperialism, must be strongly condemned and practically opposed by peace-loving and democratic people across the world.’

 

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