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Posted January 26, 2006 by I-taoist in Castro's Cuba

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By FRANCES ROBLES | Miami Herald

The electronic billboard that displays news and human-rights messages from the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana may be losing its audience: The Cuban government Wednesday began building a structure that will block it from view.

The Cuban government marched more than one million people past the U.S. Interests Section in a protest against the Bush administration Tuesday. Just as leader Fidel Castro began to speak, American diplomats turned on the ticker-tape machine.

Castro called the Americans “cockroaches.’‘

On Wednesday, Cuban authorities told U.S. diplomats they would no longer be allowed to use the parking lot in front of the building on Havana’s seafront Malecon avenue, according to a U.S. Interests Section statement. Construction work started on the adjoining property soon afterwards, the statement said.

‘The regime appears to be building a permanent structure that, we believe, seeks to obstruct Cubans’ view of the uncensored messages and information posted on our streaming billboard,’’ the statement read. “The regime’s reaction is not surprising: building walls to isolate Cubans from the rest of the world is what the regime knows best.’‘

News agencies reported bulldozers emblazoned with Cuban flags arrived early Wednesday at the area, officially known as the Jose Mart� Anti-Imperialist Plaza.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 26, 2006 by I-taoist with 213 total posts

    Bellicose, belligerent, an affront to sensibilities and undiplomatic describe the recent Bush administration and State Departmentís use of their headquarters in Havana.  In such situations the best way to judge our actions is to imagine the roles reversed:  the Cuban interests section in Washington displaying socialist slogans on a streaming message board. 

    One can just imagine the howls of protest from Washingtonís power elite.

    Such duplicity and crassness can come only from the minds of mediocre and ideologically driven radicals.  Itís a sad testimony to how utterly bankrupt are our present policies toward Cuba. 

    The Bush/Cheney legacy?  One wrong X one wrong = one right.

    John R. Bomar  

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 26, 2006 by ElaineMiami

    I-taoist, I agree with your statements.  Unfortunately, mediocrity is so prevalent in our society that few will be able to see this hypocrisy behind the administration’ actions.  We can treat others any way we want…but no one can do the same to us.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 27, 2006 by yumaguy with 176 total posts

    It’ all about keeping the hard-line segment of the exile community happy. There’ a lot of negative feeling in South Florida lately due to the wet-foot/dry-foot policy (and I’ve already pointed out in the past these folks have no one to blame but themselves for this problem). Yet if you read the anti-Castro blogs. . . they are just loving this latest stunt.

    They have to throw these people some bones because no way is Bush going to change the wet-foot policy. . .

  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 27, 2006 by Mako with 172 total posts

    In any other situtation in the world like this, most likely Ambassadors would be recalled and missions closed.
    That couldn’t possibly be the Bush adminsitrations motive behind this move?????

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