Solidarity with Cuba and the progressive causes of the world were the cornerstone of the Anti-Imperialist Encounter for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, held in Havana, from November 1 to 3 of this year.
Two of the attendees: Evelio Quevedo Fernandez, member of the International Peace, Justice and Dignity for Peoples Committee, and Yordi Mata, member of the Coordinator of Defend Cuba in Catalonia and the Valencian Federation of Solidarity with Cuba, had the deference of sharing with the Holguin media their impressions of this event.
Quevedo Fernandez said that: “This meeting was one of the most important in which I participated in and outside of Cuba. There were 1,332 delegates from 86 countries and about 789 organizations and it marked me a lot. The largest delegation that was in the meeting was the American with the Puerto Ricans.
I came loaded with that energy, patriotism and the values of solidarity that those present showed. There I found almost all the friends who came to Holguin when we made the colloquies for the freedom of the 5. In addition, we had the possibility of coinciding with great personalities, presidents, senators, ambassadors, diplomats, ex-presidents, writers like Ignacio Ramonet and Atilio Boron …
Among the crucial moments were the contact with the CDR, in the municipality of La Lisa; the delivery of more than 2 million 61 thousand signatures for the freedom of Lula, and of course the closure where we could be with Raul Castro, Miguel Diaz-Canel and Nicolas Maduro. It was inexplicable and emotional and many cried.
Among the lines of work that were scheduled to carry out after the meeting are the Hands Off Cuba campaigns, Chile awoke and No more Trump. Also the fight against the blockade; support for the legitimate government of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro; solidarity with the peoples of Puerto Rico and Haiti; the return of the Falklands to Argentina; the accompaniment to the Palestinian, Syrian and Saharawi causes, and the preparations for May Day.
I think it's time to leave the theory a bit and act more concretely because, as I said before, the US government has the strongest weapons, but we have something more powerful than solidarity. ”
That of Evelio Quevedo seemed to be the feeling of the majority of those attending the meeting, as corroborated by Yordi Mata, who has an extensive history of collaboration with Cuba: “I remember the first global solidarity meeting in which I participated here in 1994. It was chaired by Fidel and it was impressive, with thousands of delegates. Now it is comforting to find participants from northern Alaska to southern Patagonia, the Urals, India, Europe, all with a common cause: defense and solidarity with Cuba.
When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, there was an international call and brigades were created where people from all over the world went to defend the Republic and in proportion to their population as a whole, Cuba was among those who sent the most internationalists.
Solidarity with Cuba does not come from nothing, but because it is an example that has been going on for more than 60 years, but that has grown since the Revolution. This is one of the engines that moves humanity, and charges us with energy when so much of this is lacking in the world.
When an event like this or that of 1994 is called, it is not surprising that people come paying from their pocket the trip, the stay, the registration, etc., because they know that the example of Cuba is a beacon, it is as we say in Spain, that the example of the Cuban Revolution is a world heritage site. That is why in this meeting we obviously had to be.
As Catalan and representative of the Coordinator, I had the honor of reading the manifesto that we had agreed upon and being able to express our gratitude to this country and our demands and complaints against the blockade and the aggressions suffered by the Cuban people. ”
In inquiring about Mata's perceptions regarding her perception of the health of the left in the world, she replied:
“The left is very plural. In Latin America and Europe there is a difference, because the European one is weak a little. There are a number of social movements that are stronger, but within the parliamentary left that is the one that can move things, there are few that are involved in solidarity with Cuba and Latin America. As for the left in this region, a few years ago they were very bad, now I think that, without throwing bells on the flight, they realize that dogmatism must be broken a bit.
In this region the town has taken to the streets and is also happening in the Spanish state, the people in Catalonia leave without a party and they have realized that the town is the one that says it is enough and we have to throw forward. ”