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Ashes of U.S. Pastor Who Defied Embargo to Rest in Cuba

HAVANA – The remains of U.S. pastor Lucius Walker will have their final resting place in Cuba, fulfilling the wishes of the former leader of the religious movement Pastors for Peace, which sought an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, official media said.

Before his death from a heart attack in September 2010 at the age of 80 in New York, Lucius Walker organized 21 relief caravans that carried donations of humanitarian aid to Cuba with everything from medicines and school supplies to buses and computers, all collected in cities around the United States.

The official Cubadebate Web site said that Walker is remembered on the island “for his tenacious struggle against the economic blockade to which Cuba has been submitted by the U.S. government for almost half a century.”

A plaque will also be placed commemorating “this great friend of the Cuban people” in the Jose Marti Anti-imperialist Tribunal on the capital’s landmark seafront esplanade, the Malecon, Cubadebate said.

Pastors for Peace has engaged in social activism for more than 40 years, and since 1992 has traveled to Cuba without asking for license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury as an intentional flouting of the law that bans Americans from traveling to the island, except for certain specific exceptions.
 

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