Activists from Rock around the Blockade and the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) in Britain joined the international ‘caravan’, a weekend of actions on 24-25 April, to demand an end to the United States blockade imposed on Cuba and the rest of the world. This was following on from last month's call for demonstrations of solidarity, which was answered by activists from all across Europe and the world. This year we were joined by Cubans who rode bikes through their streets and marched alongside us against the genocidal US Blockade. Here are some photos from around the country.

The PCC meets at its 8th Congress

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The Revolutionary Communist Group in Britain and its campaign in solidarity with socialist Cuba, Rock around the Blockade, sends congratulations and solidarity greetings on the completion of the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) which took place in Havana between 16 and 19 April, on the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the US-backed invasion by Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs by the revolutionary government in 1961. We salute comrade Raul Castro Ruz, who stood down as General Secretary of the CPP, Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of Cuba, who took up the role, and the new leadership of the PCC for their extraordinary courage and determination. We send solidarity to the nearly 700,000 members of the PCC, the organised vanguard of the Cuban working masses, who were represented at the 8th Congress by 300 delegates due to Covid-19 restrictions. We applaud their hard work in addressing the challenges and tasks of building socialism in Cuba today under global difficult circumstances, exacerbated by the pandemic and the criminal tightening of the US blockade.

Activists from Rock around the Blockade and the Revolutionary Communist Group in Britain joined the international ‘caravan’, a weekend of actions on 27-28 March, to demand an end to the United States blockade imposed on Cuba and the rest of the world. Lockdown restrictions are in place, so we had to avoid large protests. Here are some photos and videos from cities around country.

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Cuban vaccination programme

The Cuba solidarity organisation Cubanos En UK have launched a fundraising campaign to purchase essential vaccine supplies to aid the Cuban vaccination programme. Sanctions and the brutal economic blockade from the United States have made essential vaccine supplies hard to come by in Cuba. Cuba's exemplary biopharmaceutical sector has stepped up and are on the verge of completing a coronavirus vaccine, but the blockade has made it very difficult to secure the supplies needed to roll the jabs out. Things like vials, syringes and materials needed to carry out clinical trials are required. We are happy to announce that RATB has made a contribution to this very important fundraising campaign and we encourage anyone who wants to show their solidarity and support for the Cuban revolution to do the same, or share the below URL to spread the word.

Click here  to support the campaign and share this link on social media.

The fundraiser was initially launched on fundraising website Crowdfunder UK and later moved to JustGiving. Crowdfunder UK stopped accepting donations for the campaign, we suspect due to the effect of the blockade on their payments provider, the US company Stripe. JustGiving confirmed that it closed our fundraising page due to Cuba being 'one of the countries under sanctions [from the United States]'.

In a world dominated by imperialist powers, the Cuban Revolution has once again been given an opportunity to prove its resilience and capability to struggle in the face of economic and political attacks. Our support and solidarity are necessary, Cuba's struggle against the virus is a struggle for humanity, as Cubanos en UK's page says: 'We can help Cuba by contributing to this campaign. We can help the world by helping Cuba.'

Photo: Freddy Pérez/Granma. After 59 days in hospital, Nurse Yaquelín Collado received medical discharge.

UPDATE from Cubanos en UK:

JustGiving has blocked the Cubanos en UK campaign to raise money to buy syringes, to help Cuba’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19. JustGiving has confirmed that its action is due to Cuba being 'one of the countries under sanctions [ from the United States ]'.

Those who donated to the JustGiving campaign will have their donations reimbursed.

Cubanos en UK has set up:

1) an online petition to complain against JustGiving and Crowdfunder UK for participating in the illegal blockade of Cuba.

2) an alternative website for raising this money. Payment goes through GoCardless' payment account direct to Cubanos en UK.

Cuban medical brigade

Statement to the press by the Director General of United States Affairs of MINREX, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, on the decision of the United States government to include Cuba on the list of State sponsors of terrorism.

As explained yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned in firm and absolute terms the qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism by the government of the United States and the inclusion of our country on a State Department list.

Cuban youth rallied in support of the revolution on 28 November

Main article image: thousands of Cuban youth rallied in support of the revolution on 28 November

In recent weeks, it has become clear that the US establishment is attempting to carry out a ‘soft coup’ in Cuba, as (social) media attacks against the revolutionary state have escalated. These attacks have focused on the alleged persecution of a group of dissident artists residing in the San Isidro neighbourhood of Havana. These dissidents are being given prominence by Trump-supporting Miami-based Cuban exiles who have built up their careers and reputations on broadcasting reactionary propaganda to attack socialist Cuba, even in the midst of the pandemic. Since Trump’s electoral defeat their tone is increasingly desperate, urging Cubans on the island to rise up before Trump leaves office. They recognise that the tide will turn against them under a Biden administration. They are pushing for a soft coup in Cuba.

Protest at Trafalgar Square against the blockade, 12 December

For over 60 years, the US has imposed an illegal and genocidal blockade on socialist Cuba. US imperialism has attempted to overthrow the Cuban revolution ever since its triumph in 1959, using political, economic and terrorist attacks.

Cuba Resists!

On Thursday 29 October, four days before the US elections, Rock Around the Blockade hosted an important and informative online event called ‘Cuba Resists! Trump, the Blockade and the US Elections’. Over 250 participants from Britain and many countries around the world heard from a fantastic line-up of speakers who gave presentations before answering audience questions.