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      Now more than ever – Lift the U.S. Blockade on Cuba!

      By Janine Solanki

      On February 17, supporters of Cuba joined together in front of the U.S. Consulate in downtown Vancouver to protest the U.S. blockade of Cuba. This monthly action in Vancouver to demand an end to the U.S. blockade is in coordination with activists in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, as well as Kiev, Ukraine. Activists in Vancouver held protest signs high and chanted "Lift the Blockade on Cuba Now!" during rounds of picketing, before gathering to hear from speakers. Alongside local speakers, the crowd listened to a greeting from Ottawa Cuba Connections. They shared a message of solidarity from their coordinated action. Before wrapping up, protesters gathered for a group photo in front of the U.S. Consulate sign, holding signs, banners, and the Cuban flag in defiance of the U.S. blockade. A few days before the March 17 monthly action, Friends of Cuba Against the U.S. Blockade - FCAB made the difficult decision not to hold the monthly action at the U.S. Consulate due to Covid-19 related restrictions. Online, however, activists shared tweets and social media posts demanding an end to the U.S. blockade!

      By April 17, Cuba solidarity activists had, like much of the world, found a way to continue online. Ottawa Cuba Connections and la table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba both organized online meetings with speakers and discussion, which FCAB supported and participated in. Whether online or on the streets, Cuba solidarity activists are demanding an end the U.S. blockade on Cuba, now more than ever! To find out about the next action visit www.vancubavsblockade.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter @NoBloqueoVan

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