In an interview with Granma through WhatsApp, he indicated his intention to demonstrate with examples how Cuba is harmed by sanctions from the US.

Author: Nuria Barbosa León |

November 14, 2023 09:11:48
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

The American social activist Brenda López is among the witnesses appearing before the International Tribunal against the blockade, which meets today and tomorrow in the European Parliament, based in Brussels, Belgium.

In an interview with Granma, through WhatsApp, she indicated her intention to demonstrate with examples how Cuba is harmed by the sanctions from the US, intensified by the administration of former President Donald Trump, who before leaving the White House included the Caribbean island in a list that accuses it of being a country that allegedly sponsors terrorism.

The founder of the Hands Off Cuba Committee, in Los Angeles, California, and in Cleveland, Ohio, will denounce how the blockade prevents a bond between students because their Insurance does not cover trips to Cuba to carry out internships or other types of courses.

In turn, it hinders union exchanges between workers, who cannot hold bilateral events, and solidarity in cooperation actions between union members from both countries is blocked.

She specified that Cuba has a long experience in the training of doctors, and if the blockade did not exist, there would be many more young people from his country who could study at the Latin American School of Medicine.

She added that the blockade created enormous obstacles to collaboration between biotech industries and scientists.

“American scientific journals rarely publish the work of Cuban researchers,” she stated, and if they do, payment for the material or virtual exchange through digital platforms is impossible.

She stated that American farmers would like to sell their products to Cuba. “In Cleveland, where I currently live, the City Council passed a resolution calling for an end to the blockade, expressly citing special concern because Ohio farmers and manufacturers have products to sell, and Cuba wants to buy,” she noted.

In addition, the Life Task is known to solve environmental problems in the Greater Antilles, an experience that could be useful in the United States, but is not disseminated, because it is a punished country.

“When our Government prevents us from connecting with others, and building a better future together, the question really arises: what are they hiding from us?” concluded the activist.


By US-Cuba Normalization Committee

Organizing Committee, International and Nationwide Conference for the Normalization of US-Cuba Relations.