Canada, April 21th, 2017. In Nathan Philips Square, at the venue of the Government of the City of Toronto, waved the Cuban flag throughout the day April 19, traditional courtesy offered by the City Hall to accredited consular representations.
The flag raising ceremony, hosted by the Consulate General of Cuba, was chaired by the Cuban Ambassador to Canada, Julio Garmendia Peña,who in his speech stressed the good state of the relationships between the two countries, which diplomatic ties celebrate 72 years. On the other hand, Julio Fonseca, President of the Association of Cubans resident in Toronto "Juan Gualberto Gómez", pointed out the importance of the flag for the Cuban people, a symbol of pride and loyalty that Cubans will continue to defend from any latitude. His address to the audience also demanded the lifting of the unjust economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States for more than 50 years. Both speakers highlighted the 56thAnniversary of the Playa Girón Victory and the relevance of the event in Cuban history.
The President of the Canadian-Canadian Friendship Association in Toronto (CCFA), Elizabeth Hill sent a greeting message to this ceremony, referring the 40th anniversary of the organization and ratified its will to continue supporting the Cuban people.
The event was also attended by Tania López Larroque, Consul General of Cuba, Sr. Anthony Perruzza, City Councillor, prominent Caribbean intellectual Professor Keith Ellis, members of the Consular Corps accredited in Toronto and officials of the Cuban consular representation.
(Consulate General of Cuba in Toronto)