The march is just another episode in a more comprehensive strategy. Behind the “non-violent march” mantra is the long shadow of the life-long reactionaries who dream of ending the Cuban Revolution no later than 15 November. Washington is lubricating the route plan of the protest with threats and dollars.
The US unilateral and illegal sanctions regime remains in place and so does the US government’s commitment to overthrow the Bolivarian process.
The emerging alliances in Latin America and the Caribbean – anchored by Maduro and López Obrador – have already reshaped the hemisphere to the disadvantage of imperialism.
Forces in Latin America seeking national independence and socialism are increasingly interacting with China. Illustrating this was a recent speech by Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s former president, organised by Brazil’s School of Latin American and Global Studies. Rousseff spoke about China’s economic development and its influence in Latin America – and criticised the harmful role of Brazil and Latin America’s submission to the United States.
This is an example of socialist internationalism, made possible by the leadership of the CPC and the powerful economic development of the Chinese economy.
It also makes all adherents of the “neither Washington nor Beijing” position look more than a little ridiculous.
By punishing the Cuban people, the US clearly intends to send a threatening message in particular to all Latin Americans: this will be your fate if you resist our demands. Today is a crucial moment for all those who stand for national independence, for social justice and equality and for a multilateral world to add their voices in opposition to the US unilateral policy against Cuba.
The US now faces a significant risk which can affect its geopolitical position. It is unable to carry out a ‘colour counter-revolution’ in Cuba because of the relation of forces in that country. Meanwhile US policy on Cuba is opposed by an overwhelming number of counties.