The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed for more than half a century against Cuba by the United States is synonymous with genocide, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said on 31 January.
Morales criticized Washington´s policy against the Caribbean nation, "with which they want to strangle and destroy the Revolution begun in 1959," he said.
"U.S government practices genocide against the Cuban people, but the Latin American and Caribbean countries support Cuba," he warned.
If Washington wants alliances and agreements with the nations of this region, it must be under principles of respect, because we are in a different time, in which empires, blackmail, and looting of natural resources are no longer dominant.
"We will stand with Cuba. The Cuban people know that they are not alone, they have the support of all those nations that voted for ending the blockade against Cuba at the U.N."
Morales also rejected the criticism of those who accused the leaders attending the Second Summit of the Community of Latina American and Caribbean States in Havana on 28 and 29 January, of embracing the ideas of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and of being antidemocratic.
The U.S. State Department has no moral authority to talk about democracy, because we know who are the true rulers of that country. It is not President Barack Obama nor the Democrats, nor the Republicans, it is the head bankers and transnationals.
"What kind of democracy is the United States with its violations of individual and collective rights, and which uses NATO´s troops and military bases to intervene in countries and foment coups d'etat?!" he exclaimed.