Social movements can help end the US blockade against Cuba

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Arenas explained to Prensa Latina that thanks to his experience as a social activist, “I know that when citizens mobilize, it is a very impressive force, especially when there is a democratic crisis in which no one has the majority, as is the case in French,” he said.

The deputy offered himself as a bridge to bring before Parliament the struggles or proposals of associations of friendship with Cuba and Cuban residents in France, because “no one knows better than them what citizens think, unlike the institutions that are disconnected from society. dynamic and further from reality,” he added.

“What I am proposing is a method and a way”, he explained, pledging to facilitate “the presence of associations which file their petitions before the National Assembly and attempt to modify policies already thoughts, because for the government this type of debate is a very strong pressure where the laws are voted, “he explained.

For Arenas, “the associations must speak out and question their legislators, because many have preconceived ideas about the situation on the island, due to the propaganda that makes them not be objective vis-à-vis Cuba”. However, it is necessary for France to determine “what is the way to establish and maintain peaceful, cordial and normalized relations with Cuba”, he said.

“This pressure on the government works on condition that it is a clear speech, neither dogmatic nor propagandist”, he warned, and in this line the main thing is “to talk about the reality of Cuba , that is, the impact of the blockade on issues such as the fight against climate change, access to medical supplies or financial obstacles to companies present in Cuba or to individuals.

In the member’s view, all of these issues are really part of a problem that has its origins in the United States’ policy of extraterritorial interference and which affects “sovereignty, commerce and relations between two countries such as France and Cuba”.

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