Cuban activists have called for a demonstration on 20 May in Stockholm to support Sweden’s desire to review the EU Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (ADPC) with the Cuban regime.
According to reports on Twitter, an appointment has been sought for 12:00 noon at Plaza Norrmalmstorg.
Manifestación en Estocolmo 20 de Mayo para apoyar iniciativa de político sueco en favor de no seguir apoyando a la Dictadura con $$.
Plaza Normaltorg, 12 del día. Esto es 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZswB5ZS1Gn
— Ángel Tur (@angelitoTur) May 12, 2023
Carlos Que, a Cuban activist living in Sweden, told ADN Cuba that the purpose of the demonstration on Republic Day [20 de mayo] It is meant to attract the attention of the Swedes in the streets and “tell them that the Cuban people, at least those of us in Stockholm who support the decisions your government is making, are the right thing to do.” Is.”
He also made it clear that he intended to raise awareness among that country’s citizens so that they would stop funding the Cuban dictatorship through the purchase of Cuban products such as Havana Club rum.
This is not the first protest by Cuban dissidents in that nation; On other occasions he has done so in front of the Swedish radio and television headquarters, among other places.
In this regard, Q explained that, although they had demonstrated before, the July 11, 2021 protests in Cuba marked the beginning of a more active wave of protests by Cuban activists in Sweden.
“After July 11, Cubans in Stockholm have started demonstrating continuously in major places in the city, in political places, in tourist places and it has become pervasive in one form or another and we have talked to the Swedes about the economic Prudence has called for the treaty with Cuba to pay the price”, he affirmed.
In early May, the Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade, Johan Forssell, told in an official response to deputy Björn Söder, who had recently sent him a letter asking him about the agreement, that the EU had to review “Reasons” policy towards Cuba
“to the government [sueco] It is concerned by the continuing negative events in Cuba and the repressive actions of the Cuban state. It can be said that the PDCA has only been implemented temporarily for just over five years and the government’s assessment is that there are reasons for EU policy engagement and review of the PDCA, including allowing Cuba to join the EU. Help is also included.
Swedish deputy Björn Söder, a member of the ruling party, sent a letter to Forssell, in which he pointed out irregularities in the EU agreement with Cuba and the delivery of funding to the Havana regime, as well as an increase of police repression on the island. and persistent violations of human rights.
The Swedish legislator detailed how European resources sent to Havana are used to suppress the citizenry and emphasized the high number of political prisoners on the island.
The so-called Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) was signed in 2016, but has not been ratified by all EU countries to date.