Protest US action against Pastors for Peace

Scott Marshall scott at rednet.org
Thu Feb 1 22:17:19 MST 1996


EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 1, 1996  1pm CDT

contact IFCO/Pastors for Peace 619-233-4114, 612-870-7121,
212-926-5757

U.S. CUSTOMS VIOLENTLY SEIZES HUMANITARIAN AID DESTINED
			 FOR CUBA
PASTORS FOR PEACE TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE IN SAN
DIEGO

Members of the Pastors for Peace caravan will hold a press
conference today at 2:30 pm (pacific time)at the First Unitarian
Church: 4190 Front Street, Hillcrest District, San Diego, to
update the media and announce plans to continue to challenge the
immoral U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Eleven members of the caravan remain in jail awaiting an
arraignment hearing scheduled for 10:30 am (pacific time). Local
attorneys are working to gain release of the imprisoned
caravanistas.

At approximately 4pm yesterday Customs agents opened the backs of
several trucks and began confiscating the aid. Caravan volunteers
who had formed a protective ring around the trucks, some even
sitting on top of them, were violently dragged away from the
vehicles. Several caravan members then attempted to carry the
boxes across the border on foot, and were gang tackled by as many
as eight police at a time. As many as 20 volunteers were detained
at the time and 11 were arrested on federal charges and remain in
jail.

The seized humanitarian aid was to be donated to the Martin Luther
King Jr. Memorial Center, which is a non governmental community
organization affiliated with the Ebenezer Baptist Church in
Havana. The aid is intended for an on-line medical system and will
be used to link Cuban hospitals, clinics, and medical schools and
provide them with essential medical information.

EMERG
ENCY ACTION NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

CALL AND/OR FAX THE FOLLOWING APPOINTEES OF THE CLINTON
ADMINISTRATION.  DEMAND THAT THEY RELEASE ALL THE MEDICAL AID
THAT WERE SEIZED, DEMAND THAT THEY DROP ALL CHARGES AGAINST AND
RELEASE ALL CARAVAN VOLUNTEERS WHO WERE ARRESTED AND DEMAND
AN END TO THIS IMMORAL U.S. EMBARGO OF  CUBA!!!

Treasury Sect. Robert Rubin: tel: 202-622-5300  fax: 202-622-0073
Atty General Janet Reno: tel: 202-514-2000    fax:202-514-0467
Commerce Sect. Ron Brown:  tel: 202-482-2000 Pres. Bill Clinton at
the White House:  202-395-3000, 456-1414 fax: 202-456-2461



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