17th World Youth Festival delegates oppose blockade of Cuba

AT the Tshwane Events Centre, where the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students is taking place, dozens of participants raised their voices in opposition to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.


The rejection of blockade and sanction policies against nations struggling to achieve and maintain their independence distinguished the first day of discussions at the event taking place in Pretoria until this coming December 21.


Aleida Guevara, daughter of the Argentine-Cuban guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, emphasized that Washington is maintaining its economic, commercial and financial state of siege because Cuba decided to continue being free.


A Prensa Latina cable reports that Jayantha Welivita, general secretary of the Sri Lanka’s Communist Youth Federation, stated that the sanctions and provocations against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are morally unacceptable and illegal.


The delegates also demanded the cessation of Israeli aggressions against Palestine and of Morocco’s harassment of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, while they called for struggle against U.S. imperialism.


Yesterday, Tuesday, at the Tshwane Events Centre saw the opening of the Friendship Fair, in which delegates can find articles from the 140 countries represented at the forum, as well as publications, culinary displays, flags and handcrafts. (AIN)

Havana.  December 13, 2010


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