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      Hey Trump! Lift the Blockade on Cuba Now!

      By Janine Solanki

      On December 17, 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Cuban President Raul Castro made the historic announcement that talks would begin to normalize U.S./ Cuba relations. Cuba solidarity activists here in Vancouver knew that it was more crucial than ever to put pressure on the U.S. government to end the blockade on Cuba, and Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade (FCAB-Vancouver) was formed. On the 17th of every month FCAB-Vancouver holds a picket action in front of the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, and in the last three years of these actions, more cities have joined in coordinated action! Now Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, Canada and Kiev, Ukraine are holding monthly protests and encouraging more cities to join this campaign. The importance of keeping up the pressure is clear as the U.S. government still hasn’t lifted the blockade of Cuba, and By Janine Solanki U.S. President Donald Trump has tried to turn back some of the progresses.

      On June 17, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Kiev took to the streets in solidarity with Cuba. In Vancouver, protesters held up picket signs and banners in front of the U.S. Consulate demanding “Lift the Blockade on Cuba!” and “Return Guantanamo to Cuba now! In between rounds of picketing, protesters gathered together to hear from local speakers as well as a voice message of solidarity from Ottawa Cuba Connections, which was picketing in front of the U.S. Embassy. As is now tradition, at the end of the action a group photo was taken under the U.S. Consulate sign with Cuban flags, banners and picket signs held proudly, and shared online for people around the world to see.

      Friends of Cuba around the world have an important role in uniting with the Cuban people and standing up against continued U.S. attacks on Cuba. To find out about the next action in Vancouver visit www.vancubavsblockade.org or follow on Facebook and Twitter @NoBloqueoVan

      Follow Janine Solanki on Twitter: @janinesolanki

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