Today, the 17th of April, we celebrate another anniversary of the start of the military aggression at the Bay of Pigs (Playa Girón) in 1961. The decisive response of the Cuban people in defense of the Revolution and socialism resulted in the first military defeat of imperialism in the Americas, in just 72 hours.
Oddly enough, it is the date chosen by the current government of the United States to announce the adoption of new aggressive measures against Cuba and to reinforce the application of the Monroe Doctrine.
New York, 15 April 2019. The United States announced that the Acteon Group, a British subsea service provider for the oil and gas industry, will have to pay 227,500 dollars for alleged violations of the blockade on Cuba.
As reported by the Department of the Treasury, its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) reached an agreement for that amount with the company and several subsidiaries to 'settle the possible civil liability for seven apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR).'
New York, 15 April 2019. In his statement at the Tenth Session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Aging, Jorge Luis Cepero Aguilar, Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, stated that in the island the increase in the quality of life of the elderly has been possible thanks to the political will of the Government and to the efforts and participation of the people.
New York, 14 April 2019. British bank Standard Chartered will pay 1.1 billion dollars for allegedly violating U.S. blockade on Cuba and sanctions against other countries, the US Treasury Department reported.
The London-based institution agreed to pay 947 million dollars to US entities, including 639 million to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Treasury department.