On behalf of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, the BC Aid Network on Cuba, Pastors for Peace and other organizations and individuals who occupied the Canada/U.S. border yesterday we would like to thank you for your rapid and immense support for the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba and the humanitarian aid which is now in Seattle, Washington ready to continue its journey on to Cuba! This was an important first step towards breaking the U.S. blockade against Cuba. Below are some articles explaining the victory yesterday. We will release an official statement later this evening.
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Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC)
(1) From Liberation News (USA)
(2) From the Province Newspaper (Vancouver, Canada)
(3) From Sun News Media (Canada)
(4) From Prensa Latina News Agency (Cuba)
(5) From Granma Newspaper (Cuba)
(6) From CubaDebate (Cuba)
(7) From the Times Colonist (Victoria, Canada)
(8) From La Republica (Spain)
(9) From Global TV (Canada)
(10) From Havana Times
(11) From News1130 (Vancouver, Canada)
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Update from the Party for Socialism and Liberation's Liberation News: "Humanitarian aid for Cuba denied entry into the US! Protesters occupy lot in front of US border, vow not to leave until aid let through!"
Following the press conference, the truck loaded with aid from Canada was allowed to cross the border into the United States, without condition. This victory was made possible by the unrelenting solidarity and militancy of the Caravanistas, who literally "occupied the border" and refused to leave until the aid was allowed through.
Read more: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/humanitarian-aid-for-cuba.html
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From the Province Newspaper
"U.S. Customs releases B.C. charity goods truck bound for Cuba"
U.S. Customs officials on Monday changed their minds and allowed a pickup truck full of humanitarian aid for Cuba to go through the border. A B.C. group transporting the humanitarian aid to Cuba was denied entry into the U.S. on Sunday. After a demonstration by the group outside the Peace Arch border crossing Monday afternoon, an organizer with the Pastors for Peace Caravan met with the border and customs officers, and the truck was allowed through.
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/Customs+releases+charity+goods+truck+bound+Cuba/6874790/story.html#ixzz1zaXVYBi2
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From Sun News Media
"US customs blocks, then releases Canadian aid to Cuba"
A shipment of Canadian donations to Cuba detained by American border authorities on Sunday has been released. Pastors for Peace hit a roadblock when customs officials denied the group's Caravan to Cuba entry into the US at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, just outside Vancouver.
Read more: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2012/07/20120703-092314.html
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From Prensa Latina News Agency
"Canadian Aid to Cuba Crosses Into U.S.Territory"
Washington, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Humanitarian aid coming from Canada to Cuba crossed today through US territory, after been arbitrarily blocked for three days by Washington's authorities. The activists overcame intimidation by U.S. Customs regarding the payment of a deposit to allow the passage of the lot, which will arrive in Cuba as part of the XXIII Caravan of Pastors for Peace.
Read more: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=522472&Itemid=1
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From Granma Newspaper
"Aduana de EE.UU. impide paso de ayuda para Cuba en frontera con Canadá"
OTTAWA.—Funcionarios de la Aduana de Estados Unidos mantenían ayer bloqueado un camión con ayuda humanitaria donada por varias ciudades canadienses para enviarlo a Cuba, como parte de la XXIII Caravana de Pastores por la Paz.
Read more: http://www.granma.cu/espanol/internacional/3-julio-aduana.html
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From CubaDebate Website
"Avanza por Estados Unidos ayuda canadiense para Cuba"
Un cargamento humanitario procedente de Canadá para Cuba avanza hoy por territorio estadounidense, tras permanecer bloqueado durante dos días de forma arbitraria por las autoridades de Washington.
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From the Times Colonist Newspaper
"U.S. relents, lets Cuba-bound goods through border. Aid shipment was held up Sunday"
Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/relents+lets+Cuba+bound+goods+through+border/6875248/story.html#ixzz1zacP17nS
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From La Republica Newspaper
“EEUU bloquea ayuda solidaria para Cuba”
Read more: http://www.larepublica.es/2012/07/eeuu-bloquea-ayuda-solidaria-para-cuba/
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From Global TV
"Shipment of humanitarian aid destined for Cuba stalled at the border"
Read more: http://www.globaltvbc.com/shipment+of+humanitarian+aid+destined+for+cuba+stalled+at+the+border/6442671985/story.html
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From Havana Times Website
"Canadian Aid to Cuba Blocked at US Border"
Read More: http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=73479
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From News 1130 Radio
"Canadians taking aid to Cuba. The Caravan to Cuba is celebrating its 20th anniversary"
Read more: http://www.news1130.com/news/world/article/378736--canadians-taking-aid-to-cuba
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