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US Interests Section in Havana displays public human rights messages

Posted January 18, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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By VOA News

The U.S. diplomatic office in Cuba has displayed human rights messages on a large electronic screen on the facade of its sea-front building in Havana.

Monday’s display coincided with a U.S. national holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The messages included portions of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he calls on Americans to rise up and work together for social change.

The U.S. Interests Section, a part of the Swiss embassy, also displayed passages from the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights - saying no one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.

In 2004, the U.S. office displayed the number 75, in reference to the 75 dissidents Cuba jailed in March 2003.

Cuba retaliated with a series of anti-U.S. billboards, showing pictures of hooded prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

image Associate Press photo

Member Comments

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On January 18, 2006, publisher wrote:

Here we go again.

Did James Cason come back to work?

If the US Interests Section gets kicked out of Havana it won’t be by Fidel, it will be by the Swiss Embassy.

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On January 18, 2006, Chuck Bailey wrote:

Is there anyone ,with any class, working on the Cuba- U.S. problem? On either side!!  Chuck grin)

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On January 18, 2006, I-taoist wrote:

It is not what we say, but what we do that tells the tale in this old world. 

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On January 18, 2006, GregoryHavana wrote:

World Affairs would get REALLY interesting (and a lot less hypocritical) if the United States government put up similar signs in their embassies in China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, etc. (On further reflection, in light of the Guantanamo Base issue, the U.S.Government should but up a similar sign right in front of the White House, just to remind those Machiavellian minds in the Bush Administration that they should practise what they preach.)

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On January 18, 2006, Chuck Bailey wrote:

If U.S. embargo is the root cause of Cuban plight, then one might say it is working. Castro is no longer in the top ten dictators of the world. Cause and effect? Regarding that sign. Must have been a good salesman to dump that on anybody. Isn’t there any zoning laws in Havana on such things ?

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On January 18, 2006, GregoryHavana wrote:

Chuck…What on earth does “top ten dictators” mean? I assume the rest of your comments are meant for sarcasm, right?

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On January 19, 2006, YoungCuban wrote:

Top ten dictators? Hell I have many former employers that should be on that list!

This is a blatant and disrespectful act on behalf of the US.

I wonder how the US would feel if the Arab nation was to do the same thing here in the US,or for that matter,any other nation the US has issues with.

The Swiss should start thinking about stepping in,it’ their embassy and they have more to lose in Cuba,then the US does.


Personal note: Hi Greg and tell the Mrs. I say hello as well.

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On January 19, 2006, Chuck Bailey wrote:

“I don’t write these jokes - I just tell them.” Milton Berle
Simply put, some committee studied the issue and decided that Fidel doesn’t treat his citizens as bad as the worst ten dictators in the world. Yes the rest of statement was supposed to be sarcastic. I don’t agree with tons of things my government thinks are proper.  Chuck have a good day grin)

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On January 19, 2006, GregoryHavana wrote:

Chuck…I would be interested in reading that Committees analysis of the worst ten dictators. Could you send me the link to the document?
Thanx, Gregory

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On January 19, 2006, Chuck Bailey wrote:

It was a list, presented on T.V. and stated that Fidel was no longer on ,or had been replaced by another dictator.