July 2011        

Delegates from northern European countries meet in solidarity with Cuba

Fifty representatives from the Cuba solidarity movements in the northern European countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Ireland met in Göteborg, Sweden, from 17 to 19 June to co-ordinate their work in support of the Cuban Revolution.
     The participating countries meet every second year to update each other on the methods and practices of their solidarity programmes.
     Elio Gamez, vice-president, and Gladys Allyon, Europe Desk, of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, Havana, also attended and pointed out that the organisations from the northern European countries are part of a strong and growing global solidarity movement active in 152 countries and spanning the five continents.
     Martin Österlin of the Swedish-Cuban Association said that more and more people are realising that a better world is not only possible but absolutely necessary for our survival as a species. Cuba shows that there is an alternative to the wasteful destruction of our precious human and natural resources in the relentless pursuit of profit.
     The meeting concluded with the delegates from the participating organisations reiterating their commitment to defending the right of the Cuban people to decide their own future, one of the fundamental principles of the solidarity movement.

We, the twenty-five delegates from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Ireland at the 23rd Northern European Meeting of Cuba S
olidarity organisations, held in Göteborg, 18–19 June, agree to continue denouncing the unjust detention in US prisons of the Five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters. The Cuban Five were imprisoned for preventing terrorist actions planned from US territory.
     We demand an end to the double standards and hypocrisy of the US government and urge them to immediately release the Cuban Five. Instead they must put the real terrorists in prison. They are the ones who have committed a series of terrorist attacks aimed at Cuba and yet they are free to walk the streets of Miami.
     We will not rest until justice is done and the Cuban Five return to their homeland!
Göteborg, 19 June 2011.

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