Bud Lowell WXXI
ROCHESTER, NY (2003-07-03) A truck loaded with relief supplies will leave Rochester’s Downtown Presbyterian Church to join a convoy bound for Cuba.
The group “Pastors for Peace” is organizing what they call a “non-violent” challenge to the US trade embargo against Cuba.
Doctor Peter Mott of the Rochester Committee on Latin America says this is the 14th such caravan to challenge the embargo. Previous ones have made it across both the Mexican and Canadian borders, but with the U.S.A. Patriot Act now in effect, the activists aren’t sure.
Mott says ten trucks sent by groups from around the country will come together in McAllen, Texas. They’ll try to cross the border on July 18th.
Henrietta Levine of the Rochester Committee on Latin America says the truck contains mostly medical supplies, including prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and drugs unavailable in Cuba because of the blockade.
Cuban President Fidel Castro has been accused of new human rights violations by the United States. They include suppression of dissent and the executions of two men who hijacked a ferry boat in an effort to flee the island.
Levine says she decries those and all executions.