Cuban President Leads Pro-Palestine March Outside US Embassy in Havana

Ten of thousands of Cubans led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel marched Thursday outside the US embassy in Havana in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people and demanding an end to the Israeli war in Gaza. Wearing a black-and-white Palestinian keffiyeh, Díaz-Canel was accompanied by Cuba’s main leaders, including Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.

Cuba’s Prime Minister Manuel Marrero, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel, and his wife Lis Cuesta take part in a march in support of the Palestinian people and against Israel’s war with Hamas in Havana, Cuba on November 23, 2023. (Photo: Prensa Latina)

The marchers walked for two kilometers, passing in front of the US Embassy. As they passed the embassy on the seaside avenue, some yelled “fascist Yankees, you are terrorists.” Many people waved posters with the phrase “Free Palestine” with photographs of children killed or injured by Israeli bombs in Gaza or flags identifying both Cubans and Palestinians.

This is the second time that Cuba’s top leaders have participated in solidarity rallies since the Israeli aggression began. Last week, the Palestinian flag was projected on the monument to José Martí, the most iconic in the Caribbean capital.

In a recent meeting with young Palestinians studying on the island, Miguel Díaz-Canel ratified his country’s support for Palestine and condemned Israel’s deadly war in the strongest terms. He said, Cuba advocates for a broad, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the creation of two States, which allows the Palestinian people to exercise the right to self-determination and to have an independent and sovereign State alongside Israel, in the borders before 1967.