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Vol. 81/No. 41      November 6, 2017

(lead article, Socialist Workers Party statement)

Protest US economic war against Cuban Revolution!

The following statement was issued by Osborne Hart, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of New York, Oct. 25.

The Socialist Workers Party urges you to join protests around the country Nov. 1 when the U.N. General Assembly once again takes up Washington’s 57-yearlong economic war on Cuba and its revolution. We demand: End the U.S. economic war against Cuba! U.S. out of Guantánamo! Halt all the “regime change” programs against the Cuban Revolution!

The U.S. rulers have never forgiven the Cuban people for overthrowing the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. The wealthy owning class hates and fears the example working people and their government in Cuba have set: that it’s possible for us to make a revolution, and in the process to transform ourselves, to become capable of building a society based on solidarity, not the dog-eat-dog horror of capitalism.

That’s why the U.S. government — under Democratic and Republican presidents alike — has never stopped trying to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.

And that’s why the U.S. government and the capitalist press can’t stop telling lies about the revolution. From the imaginary “sonic” weapon mysteriously harming U.S. diplomats in Havana to the timeworn lies about the alleged lack of human and democratic rights on the island. Washington does everything it can to discourage and prevent workers from visiting Cuba and seeing for ourselves what the people and revolution have accomplished.

There is another brigade going to Cuba next May — organize now to sign on.

Unlike the wild stories the U.S. rulers promote against Cuba’s revolutionary leadership, Washington’s involvement in violent attacks against the Cuban people are no fantasy. They include training and financing armed groups that carried out sabotage, bombed planes and committed other terrorist acts in Cuba; numerous efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro; and the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

As working people are battered by the carnage from the worldwide capitalist crisis, the example of the Cuban Revolution stands in stark contrast.

In Texas, Florida, and a thousand times more in the U.S. colonies of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the capitalist rulers left millions to fend for themselves after recent hurricanes. From their lack of preparation to the unfolding social catastrophe wrought by class divisions and capitalist profiteering, the propertied rulers have proven they are unfit to govern.

It’s the opposite in Cuba. Workers and farmers there used their government to make sure no one was left on their own, and mobilized to use all the country’s resources to rebuild. At the same time, they offered volunteers and assistance to toilers across the Caribbean.

They showed the difference a revolution makes. They show the revolutionary road forward for workers here and around the world.

All out Nov. 1!
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