Opponents of Cuba travel ban return via Peace Bridge

Aug 2, 2015 by

THE BUFFALO NEWS
on August 2, 2015 – 3:52 PM

Opponents of Cuba travel ban return via Peace Bridge

Members of the Venceremos Brigade, which has traveled to Cuba for 46 years in defiance of the U.S. travel ban, returned Sunday from the island nation via the Peace Bridge.
Some 45 United States citizens made the trip to Cuba in defiance of the continuing travel restrictions. Although sanctions against Cuba have been eased, travel is still barred for tourists, although it is permitted for close family members of Cuban citizens and people whose travel falls into any of 11 other categories.
The Venceremos Brigade, whose name means “We will overcome,” delivered more than 2,000 pounds of material aid to Cuba in a gesture of solidarity against the continuing economic blockade, volunteered to work on Cuban civic projects and met with Cuban experts, bloggers and social workers. The Brigade is partnered with the Pastors for Peace group, and some people who traveled with the group are also members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Richard Misztal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs liaison, said Sunday’s crossing was “nice and peaceful” and there were no issues.
Travel to Cuba has been banned for U.S. citizens and residents since 1962 as part of the federal sanctions against the country.

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