The researcher told Prensa Latina that Assistant Under Secretary of State Lester D. Mallory presented a memorandum to impose an embargo on Cuba in April 1960, “denying money and supplies to Cuba to lower wages. monetary and real, to cause hunger, despair and overthrow of the government, ”said Lemoine.
He added that the rationale for applying this crackdown was that “the majority of Cubans support Castro, so the only predictable way to alienate domestic support is disenchantment and disaffection based on dissatisfaction and economic hardship.”
“In that same year 1960, the Eisenhower administration established an embargo against Cuba, and on February 3, 1962, by Executive Order 34/47, President John F. Kennedy decreed a total blockade against Cuba,” noted the researcher, adding that “since then, all American presidents have kept it up to date.”
According to Lemoine, “the blockade is not only a crime against Cuban lives, but it is an insult and an attack against the international community due to its extraterritorial nature”, so it can be defined as “state terrorism “, as well as” the infamous unilateral coercive measures aimed at overthrowing the Venezuelan government, “he said.
Moreover, and although it caused “great and unjust suffering”, the blockade “failed to overthrow the revolutionary government, first with Fidel Castro, then with Raul Castro and now with Miguel Diaz-Canel , nor to undermine the dignity of the Cuban people, ”he stressed.
For all these reasons, the expert from Latin America and the Caribbean wondered whether it would not be desirable for “the international community to include the United States in the list of sponsoring states of terrorism”.
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