Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC), UK
Cuba Update Special, 9 November 2016
International solidarity is vital in coming months.
CSC is concerned about the results of the US presidential elections and what they will mean for the future of Cuba-US relations when President Obama leaves office in January 2017.
The election of Donald Trump with Republican Party majorities in both houses of Congress threatens to undo recent improvements in Cuba-US relations.
Just days before the election, Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate and new vice president elect said:
“Well let me make you a promise: When Donald Trump is president of the United States, we will repeal Obama’s executive orders on Cuba.”
“We will support continuing the embargo until real political and religious freedoms are a reality for all the people of Cuba. Donald Trump will stand with freedom-loving Cubans in the fight against Communist oppression.”
Speaking at a rally in Miami in October, Trump said:
“All of the concessions that Barack Obama has granted the Castro Regime were done through executive order, which means the next president can reverse them – and that is what I will do, unless the Castro Regime meets our demands.”
Republican majorities in both houses will bolster the influence of hard-line Cuban-American members of Congress to derail any anti-blockade legislation introduced in the future.
In the last three months of his presidency we call on President Obama to use his executive powers to repeal those remaining parts of blockade legislation which fall under his jurisdiction.
In the forthcoming months it is critical that we maintain pressure on the United States’ government to continue on the path to normalise relations with Cuba, and ultimately to end its 54 year blockade against the island and illegal occupation of Guantánamo Bay.
Yours in solidarity
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign Team
Cuba Solidarity Campaign c/o Unite, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, UK Email | www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk