On Saturday 6 June 2009, members of Rock Around the Blockade gathered outside the US embassy in London to protest at the unjust imprisonment of the Cuban 5, and to show solidarity with the prisoners and with the Cuban state.
The Cuban 5 were imprisoned by the American government over a decade ago on false charges of espionage, when in fact they were attempting to infiltrate right-wing anti-Cuba terrorist groups based in Miami.
Today’s demonstration was part of an international day of action to support the five men and to demand that they be freed immediately.
The protesters then marched to the Oxford Street branch of Lloyds TSB to protest against the bank’s ongoing enforcement of the US’s trade blockade of Cuba. Last year Lloyds prohibited customers from using their accounts to trade with Cuba, therefore adding to the US’s devastating economic stranglehold on the island.