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The US denies visas to Cubans for the People’s Summit

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The United States denied visas to 23 Cuban government supporters who planned to participate in June in the People’s Summit, parallel to the Summit of the Americas, the official Granma newspaper reported this Wednesday.

“The United States government denied visas to 23 Cubans who would participate in the Summit of the Peoples for Democracy, which will take place from June 8 to 10 in Los Angeles, California, in parallel with the IX Summit of the Americas,” Granma said, citing the organizers as a source.

He pointed out that among those 23 people are the doctor Tania Crombet Ramos, who contributed to the development of several vaccines; Reineris Salas Pérez, an Olympic wrestler who won the bronze medal in Tokyo, Jorge González Núñez, a Christian student leader, as well as journalists, artists, trade unionists and community leaders.

 

“Affront to democratic values”

A statement by the organizers of the meeting, reproduced in Granma, points out that “the denial of their visas is an affront to the same democratic values ​​that the US government and its ‘Summit of the Americas’ claim to defend.”

Although several US officials have said that the invitations to the Summit of the Americas have not yet been delivered, they have also suggested that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua would not be invited because they did not meet democratic standards.

This position has generated protests and the governments of the Caribbean community, Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala announced that they would not attend if this exclusion continues.

Closing a parliamentary session on Monday, President Miguel Díaz-Canel said that “whoever assumes the commitment to host a hemispheric meeting must have the ability and courage to listen to everyone.”

Cuba was invited and attended the seventh (Panama, 2015) and eighth (Lima 2018) Summits of the Americas.

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