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      Che Brigade Continues...
      “The Struggle has to continue. There is no other option. Together in unity we can achive victory. We can build a new and better world.”

      A Talk by Azza Rojbi

      “The Struggle has to continue." Speech by Azza Rojbi, Coordinator of Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade – Vancouver and organiser with Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, at the International meeting in solidarity with Cuba.

      Havana International Convention Center
      Havana, Cuba
      May 2, 2016

      Thank you, I will try to speak in Spanish. It is going to be a challenge for me and all of you but we are fighters so we love challenges!

      Thanks to all our Cuban comrades for orga- nising this event and really for this opportun- ity. It is very important for us fighters and workers in all part of the world to be together in a place like this to share our experiences in the struggle.

      My name is Azza, I am from Vancouver [Canada], I work with Vancouver Com- munities in Solidarity with Cuba and the new group Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade-Vancouver, previously known as the Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver. It was for the freedom of the Cuban 5 and now that our 5 are here with us in this room, we have changed our name and mandate. We organise against the blockade and to demand the return of Guantanamo to Cuba.

      A lot of people here have many years of ex- perience in working for the freedom of the 5 Cuban heroes and it is crucial that now we use this experience to continue the struggle. This is what we are trying to do in Vancou- ver. We had 110 consecutive protests every month for the Cuban 5 in front of the U.S. consulate and now that the 5 are here with us today, we are still there in front of the U.S. consulate in Van- couver every month against the U.S. blockade. They don’t like it, the don’t want it, but we are still there because we have to fight for Cuba. We have to fight for Cuba’s sovereignty because Cuba fights for all of us! We heard here from people from all part of the world saying thank you to Cuba for inspiring us, thank you to the Cuban doctors for their great contributions around the world. Cuba is a very im- portant example for us in all parts of the world.

      Now, as I previously mentioned, in Vancouver every month, every 17 of the month, as compañera Kenia said, we are in front of the U.S. consulate and we are very very happy that our friends in Ottawa have joined us. Now in Ottawa also every month they are in front of the U.S. embassy in Can- ada. This is very significant.

      As Cuba is an example, in Vancouver we also want to be an example for working together for Cuba. This is very important also because Vancouver is very close to the United States. The border crossing is only 40 minutes from Vancouver, we work together with our friends in Seattle in the state of Washington. They now come to our events in Vancouver and we go to theirs in Seattle in Washing- ton. This cooperation is key because in our experience is was what was vital for the victory of the freedom of the Cuban 5; unity, cooperation, consistency. This three are very essential to use today to continue the struggle. So I want to invite all the international delegations to join us in action every 17 th of the month, it doesn’t have to be a protest, it can be writing letters, calling your local representative, calling the media, there are a lot of options that exist that I think we can use and we have the capacity to use in this fight against the blockade and to have another victory!

      Thanks to all our friends from ICAP and the Communist Party of Cuba for showing all of us around the world the example of Cuba, the example that it will be possible if we work hard and work together to change things, to change the world and why not? We are here for this! So we start by fighting for the sovereignty of Cuba, fighting against the illegal occupation of Guantanamo, fighting against the U.S. blockade.

      If any of you have ideas, suggestions, if you want to work closer with us in Vancouver, if you want to connect with other organisations around the world, this is the place to do so and I invite you to come and talk to me.

      All of us here need to exchange ideas, exchange experiences because together we can win, together we can have more victories. I think that the proof of that is here with us, it is Gerardo, it is Fernando, it is our 5 heroes here with us in Cuba. Their presence is our continuity! It is very clear for me as a young leader that there are victories, that the struggle has to continue, that change is possible. ¡Venceremos! We will win!

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