Protests have recently sprung up in various Cuban cities to denounce the shortage of medicine and food and to demand more freedom and the abolition of the dictatorship.
Several people gathered Saturday afternoon in front of the U.S. consulate in Montreal to demand the lifting of the U.S. embargo against Cuba, where historic anti-government protests occurred last week.
The event on Ste-Catherine St. W. was organized by the Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba (TCSQ-C). The organization says it has erected picket lines for several years in front of the U.S. consulate to denounce the embargo.
“But this month, it’s taking a special turn because of the disinformation campaign against Cuba,” said TCSQ-C secretary Sean O’Donoghue in an interview with the Canadian Press. “We see that the United States is increasing its pressure on Cuba. Since there have been demonstrations, their scales have been exaggerated to try to make people think Cuba is in peril with their government system.”
The TCSQ-C believes the climate will serve to justify a so-called humanitarian intervention.
O’Donoghue thinks the goal of the embargo, introduced in 1962, has always been to impoverish the country so “people become enraged and overthrow the government.”
On July 11, protests took place in various Cuban cities to denounce the shortage of medicine and food and to demand more freedom and the abolition of the dictatorship.
The Cuban government has criticized the United States for orchestrating the rise in anger through social media, which experts are calling simplistic reasoning.
According to the TCSQ-C, the United States added 242 sanctions against Cuba and the embargo has cost the Cuban economy $130 billion over 60 years. It adds the U.S. has also restricted the right of Cuban-Americans to send money to their families in Cuba.
O’Donoghue hopes the Canadian government will maintain its relationship with the Caribbean country and it puts pressure on the U.S. to put an end to the sanctions.