10 March 2006

Abajo Fidel!!

So it seems that during last night's World Baseball classic game between Cuba and The Netherlands, a brave Cuban exile held a sign that said Abajo Fidel (Down with Fidel).
So what happened? Well the Cubans tried to have the sign taken down and the Puerto Rican police informed them that FREE SPEECH exists outside of Cuba.

How is the media handling the story well let's look at ESPN and The Miami Herald, and see the differences.

The ESPN header is:
Cuba team members protest anti-Castro sign

The Miami Herald header is:
Protest leads to possible tumult after Cuban win
The Cuban team boycotted its postgame news conference and reportedly threatened to pull out of the Classic because of an anti-Castro incident.

Well ain't that a kick in the pants.

But as we keep saying, what else do you expect.

This bit from CNN International is my favorite:
Puerto Rican police quickly intervened and took the Cuban official -- Angel Iglesias, vice president of Cuba's National Institute of Sports -- to a nearby police station where they lectured him about free speech.
"We explained to him that here the constitutional right to free expression exists and that it is not a crime," police Col. Adalberto Mercado was quoted as saying in El Nuevo Dia, a San Juan daily

And when you compare that to the Cuban reaction:
''What happened was a great provocation on the part of four or five counter revolutionaries using signs and offensive language that violated the established norms of the organizing committee,'' said a statement released by the Cuban team. ``The local police, instead of fixing the problem, showed their support for [the protesters].''

Man I love freedom.

Let's all say it together, ABAJO FIDEL!!!!

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