Cuban writers and artists in solidarity with U.S. anti-racist protests

Gail Walker, IFCO/Pastors for Peace: “We cannot count on the occupant of the White House to condemn the heinous murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police. Thanks, Cuba, for standing in solidarity with us. Here, the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., lowers its flag at half mast in respect for George Floyd.”

The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) condemned the murder of African American citizen George Floyd as a result of police brutality in a country where, under the tyranny of Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazism and all hegemonic and white supremacist currents are comfortable and at ease.

In a statement released in Havana, signed by the José Antonio Aponte, commissioner of UNEAC, the organization that brings together the Cuban artistic and intellectual vanguard, stands in solidarity “with our American brothers and sisters, Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, white and all other ethnic groups, who are closing ranks against the violation of human rights in the face of ethnic hatred and racial discrimination.

“The Cuban people feel themselves to be friends and siblings to the American people,” the document stresses. “There are many historical and cultural ties that unite both nations. There could also be many political and economic ties, if it were not for the aggressiveness of the Washington administrations, since 1959, towards the Cuban Revolution, and especially if it were not for the intolerance and obsession of the latest tenant of the White House. 

“The noble people of the homeland of Martí and Maceo are not happy about the suffering of the homeland of Lincoln. Like the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the most recalcitrant sector of the United States’ power elite has imposed on the people of Cuba for six decades, Cubans strongly condemn the violation of human rights in the United States.”

Source: Granma