Cuba Erects Anti-U.S. Sign to
Avenge Santa Sign
Friday, December 17, 2004
HAVANA — Cuba responded Thursday to the U.S. diplomats's refusal to take
down Christmas decorations by putting up a huge billboard in front of
the U.S. Interest Section emblazoned with a swastika and showing
photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American soldiers.
The billboard, put up overnight, had a large swastika in red and the
word "fascist" covered with a "Made in the U.S.A." stamp. It sat
prominently on the Malecon, Havana's coastal highway, facing the
There was no immediate response from American diplomats in Havana.
The U.S. Interest Section, headed by chief James Cason, ignored a demand
earlier this week to remove Christmas decorations that included a
reference to dissidents jailed by Fidel Castro's (search) government.
The trimmings included a Santa Claus, candy canes and white lights
wrapped around palm trees — and a sign reading "75" — a reference to 75
Cuban dissidents jailed last year.
Cuban Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon called the sign "rubbish" this
week, and said Cason seems "desperate to create problems."
Cuba had warned the U.S. Interest Section to remove the decorations or
face unspecified consequences.
Source: Fox News