Coronavirus alert: NYers rally vs. U.S. sanctions which escalate global health crisis

International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War. Photo: Lem Peterkin

On Wed., March 11, human rights groups gathered in front of the Trump building on Wall Street and charged Pres. Trump and Big Pharma with a criminal policy that threatens the world. This as a coalition of over 1,000 organizations and activists plan to hold “International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War” from March 13-15 to raise awareness about the enormous impact that sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its junior partners have on more than 39 countries ––1/3 of the world’s population.

Representatives of the International Action Center, December 12th Movement, Veterans for Peace, Nodutdol, Casa de las Americas, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle and additional organizations held a press conference to discuss the impact of U.S. sanctions on global health care and the battle against the coronavirus, and the March 13-15 Days of Action.

“U.S. sanctions particularly target health care, depriving millions of people of access to medicine and medical supplies,” said Amadi Ajamu, activist and December 12th Movement member. “According to reports by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Korea Peace Now, sanctions are responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people in Venezuela over two years, and 4,000 people in North Korea in 2018, primarily due to lack of access to medicine. In Zimbabwe, Western sanctions handicapped the countries response to cholera outbreaks and last year’s devastation from Cyclone Idai. As the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the impact of U.S. sanctions on access to healthcare threatens to thwart attempts to contain the disease.”

Amadi concluded: “U.S. sanctions have severely hampered Iran’s efforts to respond to the coronavirus and accelerated it’s spread by limiting access to medical supplies, test kits and information about the virus. ”

[The March 14 NYC rally for the International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War has been postponed to a future date, yet to be determined.]

Source: Amsterdam News