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Travelers challenging Cuba ban return to US

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Groups of travelers are returning to the United States after defying the federal government's ban on most travel to Cuba.

Members of the Venceremos (ven-ser-REM'-us) Brigade have been organizing visits to Cuba to protest the ban since 1969.

About 150 travelers are walking into the United States from Canada across the Peace Bridge in Buffalo Monday morning. They are being cleared through U.S. Customs without any immediate problems. They could be fined later. Other protesters planned to return via Mexico at a crossing in McAllen, Texas.

Since taking office, President Barack Obama has sought to reach out to Cuba by easing travel and financial restrictions on Americans with family in Cuba. But he has said he wants to see political or economic reforms before going further.

 Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

 

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