The 23 Pastors for Peace Caravan will arrive in Cuba on July 21, after traveling around 80 U.S. cities to collect humanitarian aid for the Caribbean island.
Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), told reporters that 2012 marks the 20 anniversary of the first such initiative promoted by the Rev. Lucius Walker, in order to break the barriers imposed by the U.S. blockade.
The purposes of this initiative also include claiming the right of U.S Americans to travel to the island, the return of Guantanamo Bay, eliminating Cuba of spurious lists drawn up in Washington and the release of Cuban Five convicted in U.S. jails, said Serrano.
The delegation, with 60 member form USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany and the UK will stay in Cuba until July 31 to meet an agenda that includes a tribute to the Rev. Walker, who died on September 7, 2010.
Activists will receive several workshops on topics such as updating the economic model and the importance of sustainable development and will also share with other students from the Latin American School of Medicine.
The members of the caravan will tour sites of historic and cultural interest, and visit other Cuban provinces such as Matanzas, Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus.
On Monday, July 2, a humanitarian cargo from Canada began its advance on U.S. soil after being arbitrarily blocked by the authorities in Washington in the border zone of White Rock-Blaine, on the northwest coast of the USA.
The caravan members camped across the border in protest until they received unconditional permission to pass the convoy, consisting of wheelchair, sports and educational tools donated by various cities and communities in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
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