The following statement is by Senator Dr Jerome Walcott, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade:
On Sunday, July 11, 2021, a series of street protests took place in Havana and several other Provinces in the Republic of Cuba.
Media coverage showed Cuban nationals calling on their Government for greater help and response to their needs, given the increasingly difficult socio-economic circumstances being experienced by our sister Caribbean island.
These difficulties have been exacerbated by the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The long-standing Embargo foisted on the people of Cuba over six decades ago by the Government of United States needs to end. In more recent times, the many punitive economic measures instituted by the then Trump Administration have only exacerbated Cuba’s difficulties and impeded the Government response to its citizens’ pleas for help.
Barbados and other members of the Caribbean Community have repeatedly raised their voices in unison at the United Nations, Organisation of American States and other international fora calling for an end to the Embargo and the resultant inhumane consequences it has wrought on the good people of Cuba.