Will Raul or Fidel Castro attend the Hoisting of the US Flag in Havana?

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Fidel and Raul Castro at a session of the Cuban parliament on February 24, 2013. Photo: granma.cu

By Circles Robinson

HAVANA TIMES — A regular HT reader just asked me whether I thought Fidel and/or Raul Castro would be on hand to watch the United States flag go up this Friday at the newly opened embassy in Havana.

I mentioned that the protocol makes it very unlikely for President Raul Castro to attend, although not impossible, and that Fidel, who celebrates his 89th birthday on Thursday, would most likely not want to be directly associated with the event because of his stated mistrust of the US government.

The foreseen scenario includes a replay of what took place at the Cuban embassy in Washington on July 20. The US will invite its guests for the ceremony headed by Secretary of State John Kerry. Then a brief meeting will be held with Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez as well as a press conference.

Kerry will not be spending the night in Havana on this protocol visit.


9 thoughts on “Will Raul or Fidel Castro attend the Hoisting of the US Flag in Havana?

  • Moses, Yes, they migrate for ECONOMIC REASONS, we have gone through this before, get out a bit out of the USA bubble while you are on the hike/walkabout I’m sending you on right now and CHECK IT OUT!

  • This is a silly debate. You allege world “hates” the US and loves Cuba? They should send them toilet paper. It’s ironic that most people choose to migrate to the country they hate over the country they love. They line up to become citizens and swear allegiance to our flag. Put an American flag on a t-shirt in France and it sells like crazy. Jus’ saying. …

  • I guess you don’t know us Cubans very well after all, our fighting prowess is well known all over Africa, in fact we shot the pants right off the White Supremacists and their Black mercenaries in Angola; and it’s beyond being simply my opinion ’cause I walked the walk a couple of times. I lived in Cuba during the USA domination period, the Batista era and was old enough to “see” what was going on. I lived in Miami and in many other places in the Belly of the Monster, and “saw” right through the “American Dream” mirage, then traveled. Saw what you did in Chile, and what you did in Mexico, in Jamaica, in Lebanon, in Yemen and Somalia; talked to the People there, many people from all walks of life with 3 things in common: Extreme poverty caused by USA Venture Capitalism, Extreme hatred for the USA and Extreme admiration for Fidel Castro and Cuba for standing up to Uncle Sam. Hey Moses, you are not the “Truth”, but it’s highly telling that you think of yourself in those terms.
    Next time you go abroad, even to Canada, for any length of time, put on a stars and stripes flag or decal on your car, luggage or T-shirt, cap, etc…see what deferential treatment is from inflated bills to malicious damage, theft and even violence. I get a kick out of proving that your view of Cuba is the complete opposite of how the rest of the World sees it; Yours is a true Matrix view! Count the Votes every single year at the UN for the taking down of the USA Blockade. It’s the USA, Israel and either Liberia or a small South Pacific island, sometimes not even these last 2.

  • It is clear then that you have no respect for the truth and would prefer to live in your altered reality where you opine who is good and who is bad and label it as fact. I don’t think your concern about the US invading Canada is warranted. Just the same, it is obvious that you are quick to use your gun to “shoot your pants off”. Sounds very American.

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