The Gelma workers discuss the Helms-Burton Law

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Organized by the Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, the workers of the Logistics Business Group debated the aspects of the Helms-Burton Law, the essences, the background and the historical context, making an assessment of our responsibility as Cuban and worker for know its extraterritorial nature and the illegal nature of its precepts.

The debates aim to:

  1. Explain the content and meaning of the Helms-Burton Law to the people of Cuba and other publics at an international level.
  1. To denounce the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act as a measure aimed at strengthening the blockade against Cuba and destroying the Revolution.
  1. Repositioning in the national public opinion the rejection of Title II of the Helms-Burton Law and its neocolonizing spirit.
  1. Promote public denunciation of international actors, mainly from the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America, before the application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Law.

The information shared looked at the content and meaning of the Helms-Burton Act. Historical context and previous laws that sought to destroy the Revolution by comparing the Helms-Burton Act with the Platt Amendment. Neocolonizing intention. Linking the spirit of Title II of the Helms-Burton Act with the Bush Plan and other subversive plans against Cuba. Remember what the Bush Plan meant and reaffirm the firmness of the Cuban people in the face of the programs of regime change orchestrated by the United States. Explanation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. Explain the facts and concrete data that demonstrate what its application and its consequences for our country would mean. Reposition in the national public opinion and the labor collective the arguments of denunciation; as well as demonstrating the legitimacy of the nationalizations under the International Law and the Fundamental Law of Cuba. Disprove the term "undue confiscations". Explain the compensation mechanism proposed by Cuba under Law 851 of July 6, 1960 and the frustration of that mechanism by the United States.

Emphasis was placed on retaking Law 80, the Law of Reaffirmation of Cuban dignity and sovereignty, proclaimed by the ANPP in December 1996, which contains important elements in response to the Helms-Burton Act: To declare the Helms-Burton Act null and void and Contrast Title III with the Demands (of the Cuban people) against the United States Government for Economic and Human Damages (May 1999, September 2000).

It was highlighted the guarantees offered to the people of Cuba and foreign investment the new Magna Carta, as opposed to the application of Title III.

With information from Tomás Mesa. GEIA

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