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US, Caribbean ban on Daaga lifted

After more than 30 years, the ban placed by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States on the National Joint Action Committee’s political leader Makandal Daaga has been lifted.

Daaga, who led the "1970 revolution" in Trinidad, had been denied entry to the US and several English-speaking Caribbean countries, with the exception of Guyana and Barbados.

Within the past five years, however, all administrations of the English-speaking Caribbean territories removed the entry restrictions on the NJAC political leader.

A release from NJAC said the US travel restriction placed on Daaga had prevented him from accepting invitations to speak in the US, as well as to receive honorary doctorates from several American colleges.

NJAC has expressed the belief that the removal of the entry restriction was a significant development as Daaga would now be able to communicate directly with his supporters in the US.

Because of this latest development, Daaga and his wife Liseli were able to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to witness the marriage of their second daughter Dr Nefertari Daaga to Dr Nowokere Esemuede.

The traditional African ceremony took place on November 10, followed by a Christian ceremony on November 11.

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