A donated bus from Pastors of Peace seen here in Cuba in April 2012. The US group was successful in shipping donations across the Canadian border to the US so they could be delivered to Cuba.
Credits: Desmond Boylan/REUTERS
A shipment of Canadian donations to Cuba detained by American border authorities on Sunday has been released.
Pastors for Peace hit a roadblock when customs officials denied the group's Caravan to Cuba entry into the US at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, just outside Vancouver.
The aid group said border guards took issue with the sports equipment included in a shipment of educational supplies and medical supplies such as wheelchairs, and wanted organizers to purchase a bond in order to transport what they deemed commercial goods, the aid group said in a statement.
Supporters protested Monday on both sides of the border.
"Is the US really threatened by soccer balls and used baseball gloves going to Cuba via the US?" Tamara Hansen, co-ordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba, said in the statement.
Late Tuesday night, Pastors for Peace announced on its blog that it had been allowed to proceed without purchasing a bond. "We hit a home run for Cuba," the post says.
Another shipment of humanitarian aid made it across the Quebec-Vermont border on Saturday without a problem.