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Posted January 25, 2006 by YoungCuban in Castro's Cuba

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Cuba blocks U.S. electronic sign

Sent to me by therealcuba.com

One day after hundreds of thousands of Cubans were forced to march in
front of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuban workers were seen
this morning carrying building materials to begin a “building project”
in front of the US building.

Castro seems to be so scared of Cubans being able to read the truth,
that he would probably spend millions of dollars trying to block their
view of the news ticker that began operating on January 16.

EFE News Agency contacted a spokesman for the Interests Section who
said that it was “very clear it is a type of wall, or at least
something that would serve to block the view of our electronic
sign.” “This demonstrates very clearly that the Cuban government has
great fear of dialogue and of the uncensored spread of information
among the Cuban people,” the diplomat said.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 25, 2006 by ElaineMiami

    I don’t think it’ a “fear of dialogue” as the article says.  Cubans have every right to block these messages which are only intended to provoke and undermine the Cuban government.  Cuba is a soverign nation, and as such has every right to put up this wall.

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

    Servering the flow of communication is sapping more the cuban
    stance than to accept it and just go into the spat in which
    the cuban government would be telling its views and attitude.
    To the best of my knowledge the Sina presents thoughts of -
    Luther King,Mathama Gandhi,wallesa,who are well known out of
    the conservative henchmen,they are well reputed prsonalities,
    so it seems to be that cuba decision to block the view of the
    board is simply Wrong and it is against of themselves.Go to
    the old trenches is now a big failure,old trenches are just
    very old and useless ones.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 27, 2006 by ElaineMiami

    Except this flashing ticker is hardly a “flow of communication”. Cubans are well aware of who Martin Luther King and Gandhi are and what they stood for.  These messages are a brazen act of provocation, and the wall (if it is in fact a wall that is being built) is merely a way of saying “you have no power over us”.  It could be argued that perhaps it would be best to simply ignore what Parmly is doing.  But this is one of those difficult situations where it’ hard to foresee all possible outcomes.  The bottom line is that what Parmly is doing is definitely not meant for the good of Cuba.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 28, 2006 by ROLO

    Isolation,Elaine,is barely a good remedy.Maybe Parmly is pushing beyond the line of “‘Normal” diplomacy,but whatever
    is,it seems to me and to many more that all those resources
    to build a wall or whatever,should be addressed to the betterment of the houses,some sadly shanty ones,in which,for
    various reasons,are living a lot of cubans,the feeling of being
    provoked is hard,but the wrong answer to, is harder,to me the way
    of facing such a situation is to say planty to the sina that
    they couldn’t do such a thing and that wont be tolerated,if they
    insist on,well,the swiss legation is the one responsible and
    they have to act,if not shut down.it is just,like that.You can
    imagine building a wall to interfere with reading of those messages or thoughts on the electronic billboard in your own
    country,that makes no sense at all.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on January 28, 2006 by ROLO

    Let me add,please,that the use of groups in a Gestapo-like
    way to hamper foreigner to talk,to exchange opinions with
    the cuban dissidents,genuine cubans,as much the cuban revolutionary people are,is a blatant disregard of the elementry
    core of the Human Rights,so it seems to me that the cuban
    authorities shouldn’t allow such a thing.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on January 30, 2006 by yumaguy with 176 total posts

    Keep in mind that electronic billboard can be placed in MANY countries besides Cuba.

    What about Saudi Arabia, a monarchy?

    Oops, forgot. They’re our “friends” despite all the Saudis behind 9/11, plus they give us lots of oil!!  wink  wink

    And how about undemocratic China?

    Oops, sorry, no can do! smile  They own lots of our T-bills plus we get to buys lots of stuff on the cheap from them because they’re manufacturing costs are rock-bottom. . . like my $60 wireless router! grin)

    Since we can’t pick on someone our own size, it’ best we stick to easy targets like little Cuba. . .  :0)

  7. Follow up post #7 added on January 30, 2006 by ROLO

    Robledo,American Politics and others are sometimes an oxymoron.
    Depends on nasty interest very much so,than in moral values instead.When you see as a whole the american historical way to make Politics you can see many oximorons:Saying that and doing
    the opposite one,but it is usual to see in umpteen countries
    as well,however my beef is that the cuban authorities has not
    to dilapidate money in building walls,but in building houses
    for the cubans in need instead,the correct answer to the sina
    war of words,in my opinion is to set up a big electronic billboard on which be showed the unarmed and blasted plane by
    Posada Carriles under Cia,the mishandelings of the occupiers
    in Irak,the bombarding a “sovereign country’ within the frame
    of the war on terror and just killing more innocent civilians
    than terrorist ones,the disregard towards the latin-american
    countries,etc,etc.-Of course,doing that the cuban authorities
    has to give the evergreen Right to the genuine Cuban dissident
    groups to exist,to express their opinions,to constribute to
    the change of the country for the better,etc,etc,

  8. Follow up post #8 added on February 07, 2006 by J Matthew Bullock

    I think the sign is perfect.  The fact that it is being covered up is even better. Cuba is a sovereign country, the US is too. Except I can listen to Radio Havana, and talk about how Castro is the peoples great leader right on the courthouse lawn and not get arrested! This wall is simply an attemt to cover Cubas shame.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on February 07, 2006 by Rolo

    Beyond my critics to the cuban government, I was delighted to see the
    flags,cause they are remembering my friends and fellows of the blasted
    unarmed plane,decades ago,young fellows,remarkable fencing sportmen,
    who bright future from was stopped by a notorious mass murder,I am talking
    about my dudes at that time,but also about all the other passengers,innocent ones,who were killed by Posada’masterminded Crime and
    it is beyond my imagination that the Bush administration frees him,because it
    is obvious that he is a Culprit and don’t take me wrong,I am a dissident,but
    I try being a decent dissident .I have many con over the castrism,but Today
    I am happy,you know.If Palmy can or cannot behaves like this,on according of
    the international diplomatic conventions,I don’t care about it,I am happy because my friends are remembered and the Mathama Ghandi,MLKing thoughts
    should be set up in China,in the Saudi Kingdom,etc,etc.

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