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Hundreds of Cuba campaigners to rally against US blockade

HUNDREDS of Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) activists will rally against the illegal US blockade of the Latin American country tomorrow ahead of the United Nations vote on the issue.

Campaigners will take part in planned “caravans” in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton and Sheffield to reflect actions taken by Cuban-Americans in Miami and other US states.

Since July 2020, monthly caravans of car and bicycle cavalcades have been organised under the banner “puentes de amor,” meaning bridges of love.

The caravans are calling for Mr Biden to allow families to be reunited by ending travel restrictions, opening the US embassy in Havana for visa processing and allowing them to send money home to families in Cuba.

Such actions were restricted under Donald’s Trump administration and have not been reversed by President Joe Biden.

On Wednesday, the UN is voting on the annual Cuban resolution against the blockade.

Due to the pandemic, the last vote was postponed.

In 2019, 187 countries voted against the blockade with just the US, Israel and Brazil voting in favour.

CSC director Rob Miller told the Star: “The upcoming UN vote will see the world make clear once again its opposition to blockade and sanctions that punish the Cuban people.

“As yet President Biden has done nothing to roll back the vicious anti-Cuban measures imposed by Trump and the US policy is particularly brutal during a worldwide health crisis.

“The international caravans are an opportunity to show solidarity with the people of Cuba at this time and join the world in condemning this cruellest of blockades.”

The London event kicks off tomorrow at noon from Embankment Tube, with a walk past Parliament and on to Trafalgar Square.

In Manchester, a car cavalcade will begin from Morrisons car park on Mottram Road, Hyde.

For those who are unable to physically be at the rallies, CSC is asking supporters to decorate their homes with flags or homemade signs, fly a flag from their cars or bikes, or any other action that raises awareness of the blockade in their community.

Full details of all events are available at www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk.

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