Cubans stage pro-Palestine march outside US embassy

Published November 25, 2023
A Palestinian boy sits beside his bicycle amid the rubble of destroyed
buildings in Gaza City.—AFP
A Palestinian boy sits beside his bicycle amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City.—AFP

HAVANA: Tens of thousands of Cubans on Thursday marched in front of the US embassy in Havana charging Israel was committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

The march, led by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, and which moved along Havanas seaside drive, the Malecon where the US diplomatic headquarters is located, was the first of its kind in more than a decade. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, now deceased, was famous for staging similar, but much larger demonstrations to protest US sanctions and meddling in Cuban affairs.

The crowd, sporting Palestinian flags and banners, chanted “free, free Palestine, Israel is genocide” and “up with Palestinian freedom” as it marched by the building and rallied nearby.

Communist-run Cuba has been a strong backer of the Palestinian cause for decades and has trained more than 200 Palestinian doctors. It does not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

“We are here and it is no coincidence that we have marched in front of the United States embassy,” Anet Rodrguez, a university professor, said.

“The United States is one of the most responsible for supporting the State of Israel … it is supporting a massacre of the Palestinians and international laws are being violated,” she said.

Published in Dawn, November 25th, 2023

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