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      Blockade Against People of Cuba is an Act of War
      U.S. Hands Off Cuba!

      By Janine Solanki

      During 2018 the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba caused daily damages of 12 million dollars, reported Cuba’s Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil on December 21 2018 at the National Assembly of People's Power. Despite this ongoing intense and hostile economic pressure that Cuba has endured for over 55 years, the country has become a world-wide leader in health and education, and many other fields of human progress from sports and arts to science and technology due to Cuban socialist revolution and ongoing socialist project. With a child mortality rate of 4 per 1000 births, lower than the U.S. which has the worst rate of the 20 wealthiest countries, maybe the U.S. has some important lessons to learn from how Cuba cares for human life?

      On December 17 Cuba solidarity activists in Vancouver took the demand “end the blockade on Cuba!” to the streets loud and clear in front of the U.S. Consulate. This monthly action organized by Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade takes place every 17th of the month in Vancouver, alongside actions in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada and Kiev, Ukraine! Alongside the demand to end the U.S. blockade against Cuba, the action also demanded a return of the U.S. illegally occupied territory of Guantanamo back to Cuba. Between rounds of energetic picketing and chanting, the protesters gathered together to hear from speakers, including a solidarity message from Ottawa Cuba Connections, who were protesting in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

      2019 will see continued action in Vancouver, Cuba and around the world as supporters of Cuba stand up to defend Cuba against this criminal blockade! For information on upcoming actions and events go to www.vancubavsblockade.org or follow on Facebook and Twitter @NoBloqueoVan

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