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U.S. sanctions prevent the Cuban people from breathing



HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) The sanctions imposed by the U.S. government prevent the Cuban family from breathing normally, but Washington continues to tighten it, denounced on Sunday the main promoter of the Bridges of Love project, Carlos Lazo.

In declarations to Prensa Latina, the activist said that after 40 days of pilgrimage through U.S. cities, the solidarity caravan decided to temporarily end its tour in the place in Minneapolis where the African-American George Floyd was murdered.

Here a policeman had his knee on Floyd's neck while he said he could not breathe, now this place has become a symbolic place for the American people, recalled the Cuban-American professor.

Lazo affirmed that at this moment they also have the knee on the neck of the Cuban people, who are saying I can't breathe with the sanctions, I can't breathe in the middle of a pandemic and yet Washington continues to squeeze.

That's why Bridges of Love chose this site in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the day before, planted a sunflower for Cuba and its people in a small makeshift garden where many come to plant their hopes.

After Floyd's death, this space arose to remember the murders of African Americans: people from all over came to plant plants and flowers.

The American people rose up across races and ideologies against the injustice committed against African-Americans and a whole movement was created in the United States, following Floyd's murder in May 2020, Lazo recalled.

Bridges of Love also hopes that a national movement will be created in the United States in which all people of good will are united in the struggle to lift the sanctions and the U.S. blockade against Cuba.

We must unite to get them to remove the noose that is suffocating the Cuban family in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he insisted and referred to a sign he saw at the place where Floyd was murdered: In times of crisis, fools build walls. Wise men, build bridges, it reads.

In Minnesota, Bridges of Love was received by a community group, a mayoral candidate and different people in solidarity with the Caribbean Island, Lazo said.

Along with several of his companions on the pilgrimage, the activist now returns to his place of residence in Seattle, with a lot of learnings.

We began the journey with the idea of educating about the inhumanity of the blockade against Cuba and we also learned about many other blockades against communities, minorities and poor people in the United States.

This pilgrimage was only the beginning of the end of the U.S. sanctions against the Cuban people, he said, we will continue to move forward because no one can stop this.

Bridges of Love set out on June 27 from Miami, Florida, on a walk to Washington DC, where it was joined on July 25 by numerous people in front of the White House to demand an end to the blockade and sanctions against the Cuban family.

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