On Wednesday 8 May 2024 Rock Around the Blockade hosted an international online meeting, drawing out the connections between the struggles for self-determination against imperialism in Palestine, Cuba and Venezuela.
The meeting was attended by over 100 people connecting from across the globe, including student activists from the Palestine Solidarity encampment in Manchester, who made a contribution to the meeting:

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Reposted from 1c4cuba.eu:

Join us on 14 Apr for an important online meeting reporting back from the International Tribunal Against the U.S. Blockade of Cuba, held at the EU Parliament in November 2023.

We will hear from:
Antonio Segura, Member of the Prosecutors team of the International Court. Madrid Bar Association
A representative from MediCuba Europa – NGO network collecting medical donations for Cuba and gave evidence at the tribunal
David Rodriguez, Coordinator of the Legal Commission of the International Court
Brenda Lopez, LA Hands off Cuba and a witness at the tribunal
Simon McGuinness – National coordinator of Cuba Support Group Ireland, speaking on behalf of the 1 cent 4 Cuba campaign.

The event will feature videos, speakers and discussion – En inglés y español in English & Spanish. The meeting starts at 18:30 London time, 19:30 Madrid time, 13:30 Havana time.
Register to secure your place now! http://tinyurl.com/EUtribunal


On 15 March 2024, supporters of RATB protested outside the offices of London resident and DCD Rights’ Head of IT Mickael Behn against his $440m lawsuit targeting cruise ship companies previously involved in tourism to Cuba. After lobbying US politicians, both Democrat and Republican, Behn convinced a US district court judge in Miami to recognise his claim to his grandfather’s shares in the so-called Havana Docks Company.

This Delaware based company held a lease to operate three docks in Havana before the Cuban Revolution; this lease expired in 2004. RATB calls on Mickael Behn to drop the claim; we say no economic war on Cuba!

Protest outside Behn's office


Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, first secretary of the PCC committee in Santiago de Cuba, meets with the protesters: "We attended a group of people around the Antonio Maceo District of #SantiagoDeCuba, dissatisfied with the electricity supply and food distribution, we are part of the people, integrated and facing the genocidal blockade" -  via Twitter

Below we republish a statement on the recent protests in Santiago de Cuba from the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP):

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The RATB brigade embarked on a visit to the agroecological community project known as ‘Granjita Feliz’ (‘Happy little farm’) in Guanabacoa, Cuba. During this enlightening experience, the brigade had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the environment ministry, who shed light on Tarea Vida (‘Life Task’), the Cuban government’s ambitious 100-year plan to combat the adverse effects of climate change. The brigade also had the privilege of viewing an art exhibition and talent show prepared by local residents and students with special educational needs who participate in the Granjita Feliz project.

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Even in the context of extreme economic crisis due to the blockade, Cuba continues to advance its life-saving medicines and technologies. Our brigade met with Manuel Raices from the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, who explained how Cuba’s approach to medicine and biotechnology has prevented over 20,000 diabetic-related amputations and treated over 120,000 Cubans using groundbreaking Cuban biological technology Heberprot-P.

Ivan Ernesto is an official of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples and member of the Union of Young Communists. He spoke to Rock around the Blockade about the genocidal US blockade on Cuba, economic changes, socialism and internationalism.

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Supporters of Rock Around the Blockade are are hosting report back meetings around the country, presenting the lessons and politics we learnt from our recent brigade to Cuba.

The meetings will include short talks with video clips from the brigadistas, and open discussion.

See the image below and follow the links to find your local meeting! More dates to be announced.

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Activists from Rock Around the Blockade joined the international caravana against the blockade on Saturday 27th, sending a message of solidarity with Cuba to Palestine marches and stalls across the country!

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