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Issue #1456      26 May 2010

World Peace Council urges US to close Guantánamo base

The President of the World Peace Council Maria do Socorro Gomes has slammed the US government for maintaining in Cuba the Guantánamo naval base against the will of the Cuban people.

In a Seminar on Peace for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases underway in Guantánamo, Socorro Gomes (Brazil) said the Gitmo base is an insult to the Cuban people and it should be closed.

Socorro Gomes demanded the unconditional return of the territory that was seized by the US through the Platt Amendment in 1903. “The naval base in Guantánamo, turned into jail and centre of tortures for eight years, reaffirms the hypocritical nature and the double standard of US policy, which has no moral to talk of democracy and human rights,” she said in the seminar attended by some 80 delegates.

According to Gomes the establishment of new bases in Honduras, Panama and Colombia proves the objective of those centres is to overthrow revolutionary movements and governments, and not the struggle against terrorism and drug trafficking, as Washington has put forward.

The Brazilian delegate demanded Washington lift the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba and expressed her support for the release from jail of five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unfairly imprisoned in that country.  

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