Axis of Logic
CUBA solidarity groups The Venceremos Brigade and the Pastors for Peace Foundation confirmed yesterday that US authorities have fined hundreds of their members a total of $1.5 million for travelling to Cuba.
Thousands of US citizens have visited the socialist island over the last 30 years as members of both of these groups in order to express their solidarity with a neighbouring country that has chosen a different path from the one that ten US administrations have sought to impose on it.
Last week, the US Treasury Department contacted 200 travellers associated with those groups and linked them to acts of civil disobedience for their visits to Cuba.
In total, the fines issued against the activists add up to over $1.5 million.
Pastors for Peace Foundation leader Reverend Lucius Walker travelled to Havana last November as part of his efforts to build international solidarity with Cuba.
Revd Walker made the trip with a group of young people who are studying at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and their relatives.
The school was created by the Cuban government to offer low-income youth from across the continent the opportunity to study medicine.
Revd Walker emphasised that his visit was another example of the brotherhood between the peoples of the US and Cuba.
No measure adopted by the government in Washington could stop their traditional fraternity with the island, he noted.
Revd Walker also pointed to Cuba’s victory at the United Nations in 2005, when 182 countries voted to end the criminal economic blockade maintained by the United States against Havana for over four decades.
The vote was 182-4 and ambassadors from dozens of countries condemned the antiquated policy.