Vigil in Vancouver against the U.S. blockade of Cuba

On December 16, 2022, Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade-Vancouver is organizing a candlelight vigil against the cruel U.S. blockade on Cuba. The action will be joined by Carlos Lazo, the Cuban American founder and leader of Puentes de Amor.  

 

As explained by Andrew Barry, the Vancouver “Puentes de Amor” Car Caravan organizer and also an organizer with Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver, “In the spirit of international solidarity and joining our cross border struggle for justice for Cuba, our December action in Vancouver will be a candlelight vigil. Together, we will set-up an information table, hold Cuban flags and signs denouncing the US blockade, distribute fact-sheets and brochures about the reality of life for people in Cuba living under the blockade, and talk to people about Cuba, all in one of the busiest areas of the city.”

 

Carlos Lazo also announced that he would be joining the Vancouver vigil, saying that “Puentes de Amor we will be there together with sisters and brothers from Canada and from different countries, advocating for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba.” He also called on supporters in other cities to organize similar actions and to, “along with the celebrations and wishes for peace and prosperity for the new year, also hold vigils and events in their cities, asking for an end to the economic war that suffocates the Cuban people.”

 

The Vancouver vigil against the U.S. blockade will also raise the demand that U.S. President Biden remove Cuba from the list of so-called “State-Sponsors of Terrorism.” As Tamara Hansen, the Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC), also explained, “As the last blow against Cuba in the final days of the Trump administration, Cuba was added to the infamous U.S. State Department “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list. The “state sponsors of terrorism” list reinforces the extraterritorial nature of the U.S. blockade on Cuba, with the U.S. government fining major foreign banks and non-U.S. corporations for doing business with Cuba. This is yet another punitive measure against the people of Cuba, who are already under immense strain from over 60 years of a U.S. blockade.”

 

For more than 2 years, people from the U.S., Canada and internationally have been gathering monthly under the banner of “Puentes de Amor” (Bridges of Love) for united actions against the U.S. blockade on Cuba. In Vancouver, Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade on Cuba, Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba and other groups and supporters of Cuba in Vancouver have come together to organize an action every month since March of 2020.  

 

As we begin to look back at 2022, it is important to note that we, along with activists around the world, have stayed committed to defending Cuba against the injustices imposed on it by the US through its total brutal and inhuman economic blockade.

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