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Vol. 73/No. 10      March 16, 2009

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United pro-Cuba rally answers
counterrevolutionary picket
Roberto Mercado
Demonstration March 1 of more than 70 people in support of Cuban Revolution outside Cuban mission to the United Nations in Manhattan.

NEW YORK—Carrying signs and banners demanding Washington end its decades-long embargo against Cuba, more than 70 people demonstrated across the street from Cuba’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations March 1.

The demonstration, built on short notice, was a lively show of support called to counter a picket in the same area demanding an end to the “Castro regime.” Some 75 opponents of the Cuban Revolution, mainly Cuban Americans, joined that action.

The action by defenders of the Cuban Revolution demanded an end to the ban on U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba and called for Washington to normalize relations with the Cuban government. Demonstrators also demanded freedom for five Cuban revolutionaries who have been unjustly held in U.S. jails for a decade on frame-up “conspiracy” charges.

Speakers at a brief rally addressed the need for continued support to revolutionary Cuba and the importance of its example for the world’s exploited and oppressed, including here in the United States.

In response to calls by opponents of the revolution for “Democracy now” and “Change now,” Casa de las Americas, the oldest Cuba solidarity organization in New York, led lively chants of “Cuba has already changed! And forever!” and “Fifty years of revolution—On to 50 more!” Casa members turned out in force for the demonstration.

Others participating in the action against the U.S. embargo of Cuba were IFCO/Pastors for Peace, New York supporters of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico, San Romero Church, ProLibertad, Socialist Workers Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, Cuba Solidarity New York, and Venceremos Brigade.
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