Representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean Student Movement ratified their solidarity and support to Cuba and the five heroes, who have been held in the United States for 15 years now.
After a three-day forum in Nicaragua, the General Secretariat of the Continental Latin American and Caribbean Student Organization (OCLAE) adopted a statement also demanding the criminal US blockade of Cuba.
Organization president Ricardo Guardia Lugo sent acn news agency a message explaining that the meeting in Nicaragua stressed the principles of unity and struggle against imperialism and oligarchies and ratified its support of free, public and high-quality education and a better future for the nations.
The final declaration of the forum expressed full support of ongoing processes aimed at achieving Latin American and Caribbean integration. The document also denounces neoliberal policies still prevailing in this part of the world.
Guardia Lugo underscored the enthusiastic welcome to the announcement that Ecuador will host the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in December. The world meeting will pay homage to two outstanding Latin American leaders: Ecuador’s Eloy Alfaro and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
Some 20 student organizations from 14 countries attended the forum in Nicaragua, which described the recent electoral victory of Nicolas Maduro as a guarantee of freedom, justice and peace for the Venezuelan people.
The forum denounced the destabilizing maneuvers unleashed by Venezuelan right-wing circles, said Guardia Lugo, who presides the OCLAE on behalf of the Cuban University Student Federation.
The regional student platform was set up in 1966, in Havana. At present it groups 36 organizations, which represent over 100 million students from 23 countries.
The recently concluded forum agreed to hold the 17th Latin American and Caribbean Student Congress in mid 2014.