The shipment of aid, part of the 13th Caravan, includes wheelchairs, educational and sports material collected in various cities and communities of British Columbia. However, on July 2, U.S. authorities prevented the vehicle from crossing the White Rock-Blaine border on the west coast, on the pretext that it was transporting commercial items which needed a customs bond to enter the United States, according to a communiqué from the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 received by Prensa Latina.
"This is another flagrant example of how the Obama administration is intensifying the criminal blockade of more than 50 years, instead of trying to normalize relations with Cuba," said Bill Hackwell, spokesperson for the Caravan.
Customs officials obliged the driver to park the truck for a second inspection and, after more than four hours, refused it access unless a bond was paid, stating that they would not allow the entry of sports equipment.
Tamara Hansen, coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, asked if "the United States is really threatened by used footballs and baseballs." (SE)