ANDHRA PRADESH

Fight US policies, says Cuban leader`Rich-poor divide widening'

The Mayor, P. Anuradha, presenting a memento to the Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Pablo Bacallo, at a `Cuba solidarity meeting', in Vijayawada on Monday. The member of Cuban Institute of Friendship, Juan Pozo Alvrerz , and the general secretary, AIPSO State Council, K. Subba Raju, are also seen.

The Mayor, P. Anuradha, presenting a memento to the Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Pablo Bacallo, at a `Cuba solidarity meeting', in Vijayawada on Monday. The member of Cuban Institute of Friendship, Juan Pozo Alvrerz , and the general secretary, AIPSO State Council, K. Subba Raju, are also seen.  

VIJAYAWADA, NOV. 29. Emergence of a better world, free from the clutches of liberalisation and globalisation, is possible if people across the globe are united to fight against the imperialist United States, according to a Communist leader of Cuba.

Speaking at a solidarity meeting organised by the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) here on Monday, the member of Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Pablo Bacallo Infante, said globalisation and liberalisation, induced by the US, were rendering the rich richer and the poor, poorer.

Castro's fight

That was the reason why the Cuban President, Fidel Castro, was continuing his fight against the imperialist nation. Cubans want peace, but if they were subjected to oppression and injustice was meted out to them, they would fight back, Mr. Infante, also incharge of the Department of Education, Culture and Science of Cuba, observed.

Mr. Infante explained how his country had made it big in several aspects of human development indices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Medical treatment and surgeries did not cost people even a single cent as the benefits were offered free.

The country had 6,000 doctors when Mr. Castro took over while it was 64,000 now.

He said 96 per cent of the population was literate and there were 64 universities. Cuba was also offering free education to its people.

"If these are the human rights we follow, the American-perpetrated international mass media has launched a campaign against Cuba saying that we do not respect human rights," Mr. Infante said.

The incharge of Cuban Institute of Friendship Among People, Juan Pozo Alvarerez, translated the Spanish speech of Mr. Infante into English.

The Mayor, P. Anuradha, said people of India, cutting across their political affiliations, condemn the American imperialism on Cuba and extend support to its fight against oppression.

`Ray of hope'

The former Rajya Sabha member, Yalamanchili Radhakrishna Murthy, said Mr. Castro was the ray of hope of all Latin American countries and wished that all those nations were liberated during Mr. Castro's lifetime.

The Editor of Visalanadhra and State Committee member of the CPI, E. Nageswara Rao, dwelt at length on how Cuba was fighting the oppression.

The former Editor of Visalandhra, C. Raghavachary, and the vice-president of AIPSO's State chapter, V.V. Krishna Rao, said India had always supported Cuba's fight against the American onslaught.

The general secretary of AIPSO, K. Subba Raju, presided.

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