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U.S. diplomats in Havana flash messages to Cuban protesters outside as Fidel Castro addresses the go

Posted January 24, 2006 by mattlawrence in Cuba Politics.
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Posted on Tue, Jan. 24, 2006
By FRANCES ROBLES
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The Havana billboard war rages on today: the U.S. Interests Section turned on its new electronic message sign—just as tens of thousands of protesters marched by in a rally against the American government.

Blinking today’s news and quotes from the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, the sign was first posted on Martin Luther King Day. It was turned on this morning just as President Fidel Castro began speaking to masses of people called to protest against the U.S. custody of accused terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

‘‘They turned on their little sign; how brave the little cockroaches are,’’ Castro said. ``Looks like Little Bush gave the order.’‘

The U.S. Interest Section says it only makes sense: ‘‘if the point is to reach people, why not turn it on when a million people are cruising by?’’ a U.S. official said.

The government-sponsored march took place just as the 90-day detention period for Posada is set to expire. The anti-Castro militant is being held in Texas on immigration charges, while Cuba and Venezuela seek his extradition on charges that he blew up a Cuban airliner in 1976.



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Member Comments

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On January 24, 2006, Chuck Bailey wrote:

If Fidel is ALL POWERFUL, why is the electricity still on for the Sign?  grin) Because it is easier to make speeches, then it is to feed your people.  Chuck

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On January 24, 2006, publisher wrote:

Because the Bush Administration would see that as an act of war against the United States and then you know what will happen…“pre-emptive strike”.

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On January 25, 2006, CarisWong wrote:

Its great to read “publisher”’ comments.  Always worth a good laugh.  Comments on every single post that is a little bit critical of Cuba and its government.