July 03 Washington: The 16th Cuba Friendship Caravan, organized by Pastors for Peace, is already
on its way through Canadian and American roads and cities collecting donations and protesting against Washington“s more than
40 year economic blockade against the island.
The 16-day march, begun on Friday in Victoria, Canada, includes 14 routes to cover 48 states, 130 cities and communities
in the US where participants will meet by hundreds of people, organizers said.
Gatherings, lectures and demonstrations will be staged in all areas in support of the Caravan and to protest the White
House blockade against the Island.
At least 125 people from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Denmark, Mexico and also Cuban-Americans will take
part in this international Caravan in rejection of Washington“s Cuba policy.
Activists will arrive to the US border with Mexico on July 21 and fligh to Cuba on July 23.
During their route, activists will collect 80 tons worth of aid including medical equipment, school items and computers.
Circumventing US Treasury Department laws, Pastors for Peace have handed over to Cuba about 2,500 tons of solidarity aid
for the Cuban people since 1992 to protest the US blockade against the Island, termed illegal and immoral by Caravan leader
Reverend Lucius Walker.
"It is immoral because it endangers the Cuban people“s wellbeing and makes innocent children and adults suffer", he said.
It is illegal because it is used as a sanction to force a nation to change its government, he added.