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Image of the day

Welcome to Cuba, Most Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI! Pay no mind to the soldiers or guns...

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3 comments to Image of the day

  • Honey

    Ordinarily if an important person visits a country, there has to be lots of security, so this by itself would not be shocking.
    But these guys are not so much here to protect the Pope from violence against his person as to protect him from seeing the reality of the lives of ordinary Cubans.

  • therealcuba

    The troops in that jeep in Santiago are called "Los Gallitos Negros" (The Black Roosters).
    They are called that because their uniform has a monogram with a black rooster over what looks like a "Pepsi-Cola" logo.
    It is what the regime refers to as a "BEN" "Brigada Especial Nacional" of the MININT.
    They were created after the situation that occurred at the Peruvian Embassy in 1980 that resulted in the Mariel Exodus.
    The Gallitos Negros are only used "in those situation that are considered delicate or grave, or of the outmost importance."
    They are not the regular soldiers that you normally see around Cuban cities.

  • asombra

    There's some good Negroes, for sure, just like Massah Castro likes 'em.