Invitation to Guantanamo Seminar May 4-6, 2017

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Invitation to Guantanamo Seminar 5/4-5/6/17

V INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR OF PEACE AND FOR THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES

INVITATION

The World Peace Council, the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the People and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), along with the co-sponsorship of the Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL), the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Center for Reflection Oscar Arnulfo Romero, call organizations fighters for peace, anti-war and others committed to the idea that a better world is possible, to participate in the V International Seminar of Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases being held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from May 4 to 6, 2017.

The presence of military bases of U.S. imperialism and its NATO allies in many countries around the world, are against the will of the vast majority of people in those countries. The bases represent flagrant interference in the internal affairs of these countries and represent a clear violation of the independence and sovereignty of these nations where they have been installed.

As in the previous four occasions, this International Seminar will take place in Guantanamo province where 117 square kilometers of its territory has been illegal occupied by a US naval base that was turned into a center of torture. It is well known that the base has become a center of the most horrendous violations of human rights of the prisoners who have been there now for more than a decade.

In addition, the V International Seminar will be held in the context of the process of normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, whose cornerstone includes the Cuba’s demand for the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has imposed against Cuba and the return of the illegally occupied territory at Guantánamo. This gross violation has taken place against the legitimate will of the Cuban people for more than half a century.

The V Seminar will take place at a time when an offensive by imperialism with the Latin American oligarchies is underway against several social and political progressive countries in the region, such as Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. The imperialists, using all the political tricks they have operating in conjunction with the corporate media, seek to reverse the progress gains made by these governments. Their plan is to dismantle the processes of integration and development in the region.

In this regard, the V Seminar will endorse once again the validity of the proclamation that Latin America and the Caribbean are Zones of Peace, adopted by all Heads of State and Governments of the Region at a meeting in Havana in January of 2014.

Those interested in attending the V Seminar can write to Silvio Platero Yrola, President of the MovPaz at the following emails: presidmp@enet.cu , movpaz@enet.cu and movpazri@enet.cu

In addition, participants will have the opportunity for 10 minute for presentations of papers and interventions. Participants wishing to make a presentation need to send their intervention in advance to Movpaz for the purposes of translation into the corresponding language.

The AMISTUR CUBA S.A Travel Agency of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) will be responsible for ensuring the accommodations, transportation, and the general logistics of the event.

Following this invitation is the Program of the V Seminar and the tourist package offered by AMISTUR for the participants in the Seminar.

Cuban Movement for Peace and the Sovereignty of the Peoples.

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PROGRAM
Program OF THE V SEMINAR FOR PEACE AND FOR THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES.

GUANTÁNAMO

Sessions for the Event that goes from May 4-6, 2017

(Extended package goes from May 2-9, 2017)

Tuesday, May 2

Arrival of Delegates (Transfer to Apt.- Hotel on your own)

4:00 PM Accommodations begin at Tulipán Hotel

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, May 3

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am Departure of buses to Camaguey

11:30 am Arrival in Cienfuegos. Panoramic views of the area.

12:00 noon Lunch in transit in Cienfuegos

8:00 pm Accommodations at Hotel Camagüey

Dinner at the hotel

Thursday, May 4

6:00 am Departure to Guantánamo.

10:00 am Arrival, accommodations and accreditation of delegates who will attend the event.

12:30 pm Lunch at Hotel Guantánamo.

2:00 pm Opening session of the Seminar at the University of Medical Sciences Theater, Guantánamo.

* Welcome and greeting from the President of the Cuban Movement for Peace and the Sovereignty of the Peoples, Silvio Platero Yrola.

* Words of the President of the World Peace Council; Socorro Gomes

* Greeting and brief explanation of the area by Dr. Nancy Acosta Hernandez.

4:00 pm Break

4: 15 pm Plenary session begins.

– Presentation of papers and special interventions by participants.

6:00 pm End of working sessions.

7: 00 pm Dinner at Hotel Guantánamo

8:30 pm Visit to a CDR and meeting with residents in the Villa Toa Neighborhood

Friday, May 5

8:30 am Continuation of work in the Plenary.

* Presentation of the documentary “All Guantánamo is Ours” from filmmaker and journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina.

– Presentation of papers and special interventions by participants.

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Continuation of work in Plenary.

1:00 pm Lunch at Hotel Guantánamo

3:00 pm Continuation of work in Plenary

6:00 pm End of working sessions

7:00 pm Dinner at Hotel Guantánamo

8:30 pm “Concert for Peace”, at the Plaza 24 de Febrero, in downtown Guantánamo.

Sunday, May 6

Breakfast

8.30 am Ceremony to Mariana Grajales at the Revolution Square that is named after her.

9:00 am Plenary Session at the Casa de la Cultura, Rubén López Sabariego, to approve the Final Declaration of the V International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases.

10:00 am Presentation of the book “Guantanamo Naval Base. United States versus Cuba” by a group of Cuban authors.

11.00 am Presentation by “La Colmenita”; the Children Theater Group from Guantánamo.

1.00 pm Lunch at Hotel Guantánamo.

3.00 pm Departure to Caimanera, Cuban territory adjacent to the illegal US base that will be hosted by local authorities in the Hotel Caimanera.

5:30 pm Final reading of the Declaration in front of the people of Caimanera in the local park.

6:30 pm Return to Guantánamo City.

8:00 pm Dinner at Hotel Guantánamo

9:00 pm “Guantanamera Night” in the center of the city with the people.

Sunday May 7

6:30am Return to Western provinces (breakfast will be in bags)

1:00 pm Lunch in Camagüey

8:00 pm Accommodations at Hotel Santa Clara Libre

Dinner at the Hotel

Lunes 8 de Mayo

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am Returning to Habana

1:00 pm Lunch in Habana

4:00 pm Accommodations at Hotel Tulipán

Dinner on your own

Tuesday May 9

8:00 am Breakfast

12:00 noon Check Out from Hotel (travel to airport on your own)

End of Amistur services

“V SEMINAR OF PEACE AND FOR THE ABOLITION OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES”

Extended Package

From May 2- 9, 2017

(Event Sessions from 4-6, 2017)

Services included in the Extended Package

Accommodations: Hotels Guantanamo and Marti during the Event.

Hotels Camaguey going and Santa Clara Libre returning

Transportation:   Buses for the entire program provided by Amistur

Other services:   Amistur guide

Not included: Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program. Visits to Cuban Institutions that have to be paid in CUC and are not listed in the itinerary. Airport exit tax (25.00 CUC).

Calls, tips, drinks, are personal expenses.

Price of the Extended Package (by land) per person in CUC:

With accomodations at Hotel Guantánamo

Price per pax/ Type of room 200 pax

H.SGL (Single) 688.00

H.DBL (Double 642.00

With accomodations at Hotel Martí

Price por pax/ Type of room 200 pax

H.SGL (Single) 735.00

H.DBL (Double) 688.00

Clarification notes:

1) Payments of the service package contracted will be paid in cash (CUC) the day of the accreditation of the event (May 4, 2pm at the Amistur table). It is necessary that the total amount to be paid be already changed into CUC.

2) The extended package described above does not include the payment of accreditation for the event ($50.00 cuc), which must be paid directly to the Organizing Committee of the Cuban Movement for Peace at the   accreditation event.

3) All arrangements different from the program package presented will be need to be communicated to Amistur.

4) The prices of individual services (accommodation, transfer flights) will also need to be worked out with Amistur.

Any questions concerning the details of the program, please contact AMISTUR by e-mail: eventas@amistur.cu / amistur@amistur.cu or on their website www.amistur.cu directed to Miss Yania Marrero, Sales Specialist.

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