Maleconazo at 20 years and the Associated Press

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Maleconazo at 20 years and the Associated Press

“Freedom did not come that August, but nothing would be the same.”- Regis Iglesias, spokesperson, Christian Liberation Movement

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20 years ago today, a thousand Cubans marched through the streets of Havana chanting “Freedom!”and “Down With Castro!” They were met with brutal repression, including regime agents shooting at unarmed demonstrators. Little has been reported on this, but the images and sounds remain. After things were under control the dictator Fidel Castro appeared on the scene and opened the borders. Before that announcement fleeing refugees had confronted snipers and grenades. The end result was another mass exodus of Cubans.

It appears that the Associated Press for example has had other priorities than to report on this important anniversary and its significance for Cuba. Over the years numerous journalists have been expelled from the island for accurately reporting on the situation there but Andrea Rodríguez doesn’t seem to have that problem with the Cuban dictatorship. For example the Associated Press didn’t have time to report on the Maleconazo because it was on its third major “story” spinning news in a favorable light for the Cuban government that has met with skepticism in some quarters in Cuba.

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