Friday, July 20, 2007

Safe and Sound in Havana!

As of Friday, July 20th, this Associated Press report had been picked up by:

International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune and the Houston Chronicle

American group delivers aid to Cuba with little objection from US authorities
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 19, 2007

HAVANA: A U.S. humanitarian group delivered about 80 metric tons (90 tons) of aid to Cuba on Thursday, defying Washington's 45-year-old trade embargo.

Some 140 Pastors for Peace volunteers drove across the Texas border to Mexico, and then flew to Havana with computers and medical supplies, including X-ray machines, walkers and surgical gowns.

The group, making its 18th annual pilgrimage to Cuba, said it was held up at two U.S. border crossings while returning from Canada with donations, but completed the journey with "99.5 percent" of the aid it hoped to bring, said the Rev. Luis Barrios, pastor of San Romero de Las Americas, a non-denominational church in New York City.

Barrios said U.S. authorities seized 12 computers, but did not take the monitors for those machines.

"We've arrived at the conclusion that that was symbolic," Barrios said. "The United States, although it doesn't recognize it publicly, in terms of the blockade, has morally lost."

Barrios said U.S. officials were friendly, and even made a point of confiscating the oldest computers while allowing new laptops through. "They had to take something from us to say they had taken something," he said.

State Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore said she had no comment.

Dressed in blue and white T-shirts emblazoned with "U.S.-Cuba Caravan," the New York-based group also included volunteers from Mexico, Canada, Great Britain and Germany.The embargo prohibits U.S. tourists from visiting Cuba and chokes off nearly all trade between both countries. Those who flaunt American travel restrictions can face thousands of dollars (euros) in fines and even jail time.


At July 20, 2007 at 4:48 PM , Blogger leftside said...

Congratulations and I know the Cuban people appreciate your massive efforts, in spite of the obstacles. Veneceremos!


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