"The US government’s blockade against Cuba was first imposed in October 1960.
It was introduced after the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro (which came to power in January 1959 after overthrowing the brutal US-backed dictator Fulencio Batista) nationalised property belonging to US citizens and corporations.
Since 1962 the blockade has been tightened further and today represents the longest blockade in history.
The cost to the Cuban economy has been catastrophic, estimated at more than 750 billion US dollars, in current prices.
The UN General Assembly has voted every year for 19 years on a resolution condemning the blockade. Every year the condemnation is virtually unanimous.
In the most recent vote in October 2010, 187 countries voted for" ending the blockade. Only the US and Israel voted to continue with it.
The criminal US blockade of Cuba has for over 50 years tried to suffocate the island; to teach its people and revolution a brutal lesson for standing up to US imperialism and daring to be free.
With heroic sacrifices, Cuba continues to not only resist but to shine a light on the path to a fairer, more humane world.
Cuba resists; Cuba lives; Viva Cuba!" - Pablo Navarrete (July, 2011)
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