Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla used his time at the 77th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday to represent the Castro regime to accuse the United States of being behind the island’s problems and reiterate the support of the communist regime to other authoritarian regimes around the world. .
Rodríguez Parrilla – who opened his speech by stating how the Chinese coronavirus pandemic has “laid bare like never before, the true essence of the prevailing unjust and unsustainable international order” – began his speech by citing statistics on the percentage of the world’s population enduring hunger, as well as vaccination rates and reports of nuclear threats and alleged climate change.
After reminding everyone of late dictator Fidel Castro’s claims that capitalism “would lead [humanity] to the apocalypse,” Rodríguez Parrilla, went on to accuse the United States and NATO of fostering a climate of tension and conflict “of unforeseeable consequences,” an apparent reference to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.
Cuba’s ally and patron, Russia, says its invasion of its neighbor was necessary in response to the existence of NATO. Ukraine is not a NATO member state and its government’s calls for inclusion have fallen on deaf ears for years.
As tradition dictates, Rodríguez Parrilla went on to demand an end to the US “embargo” on Cuba, blaming it for the deteriorating living conditions in the island nation. He failed to note the significant restrictions the regime imposes on Cubans to prevent them from engaging with the United States, and omitted that the so-called US ’embargo’ does not affect medical or humanitarian exchanges. .
“As a result, indeed, the Cuban economy has experienced extraordinary pressures that manifest themselves in industry, the provision of services, the shortage of food and medicine, and the deterioration of the level of consumption and general well-being. Population. ,” he claimed.
Rodríguez Parrilla claimed that the ’embargo’, which he said has escalated ‘to extremely unprecedented levels’ since 2019 and during the coronavirus pandemic, has caused ‘enormous, cruel and immoral’ harm to citizens Cubans – not to mention the damage wrought by six decades of communist rule in Cuba. In addition, the representative of the Castro regime described the “embargo” as an “act of economic warfare in peacetime”.
El daño humano que genera esta política a todas las familias cubanas, impossible to quantify, is enormous, cruel and immoral.
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) September 21, 2022
Rather than admit the shortcomings of the Castro regime, the foreign secretary alleged that the United States had a desire “to generate scarcity, suffering, discouragement and dissatisfaction and to cause harm to the Cuban people. “. Rodríguez Parrilla also accused the United States of maintaining the “most aggressive” methods of pressure against the Castro regime adopted under the Trump administration, despite the tangible efforts of the Biden administration. easy to live and cooperative attitude towards the communist regime, as well as its aggressive attitude deportation Cubans fleeing the island by sea.
In addition, the representative of the Castro regime said that Cuba’s inclusion in the United States’ “arbitrary and unilateral” list of state sponsors of terrorism hinders the regime’s financial transactions.
📌 General Debate 77 #UNGA.
— Chancellery of Cuba (@CubaMINREX) September 22, 2022
The United States lists Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism because of the Castro regime’s close ties to international terrorist organizations such as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Shia jihadi organization Hezbollah and the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Forces of Colombia (FARC) Marxist terrorist groups.
Rodríguez Parrilla went on to highlight “the valuable commitment shown by Cubans and their descendants in the protests that have taken place in this [United States] and throughout the world, to uphold Cuba’s sovereign rights and to reject the ruthless actions of the United States, especially the policy of economic blockade.
His declarations avoid continuous and daily attacks protests in Cuba against the Castro regime which have intensified in recent weeks as Cubans continue to suffer from inhumanely long blackouts, food shortages and a severe health crisis due to dengue fever outbreaks on the island.
The Minister went on to say that “the Cuban people and government have not let up in their attempts to move forward with the construction of a more just, democratic, prosperous and sustainable socialist society”, words that collide with recent reports this shows that the demand for freedom and the end of the 63-year-old communist regime in the island are the main driving force behind the daily protests that take place in Cuba.
Rodríguez Parrilla, on behalf of the Castro regime, then expressed his support for like-minded authoritarian regimes in the region and around the world.
He began by reiterating the Castro regime’s support for the socialist regime in Venezuela and its dictator, Nicolás Maduro, calling for an end to the sanctions imposed by the United States on the Maduro regime. He also expressed his support for the authoritarian Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and its dictator Daniel Ortega.
Cuba’s foreign minister temporarily suspended his list of support for authoritarian countries to demand reparations for Caribbean nations for ‘the harmful effects of colonialism and slavery’, while calling for Puerto Rico’s independence and “special contributions” for Haiti.
The Cuban minister went on to express his support for Argentina’s alleged claim to the Falkland Islands and expressing the Castro regime’s support for Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kircher in light of an alleged attempt assassination against her.
Rodríguez Parrilla expressed the Castro regime’s support for Palestine, Iran, North Korea, Belarus, Russia, and China’s false claims about the nation of Taiwan.
Regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Cuban minister pleaded for a “serious, constructive and realistic” diplomatic solution, without condemning Russia for invading Ukraine.
Christian K. Caruzo is a Venezuelan writer and documents life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.