Marxism-"Lennonism" in Cuba???

jacdon at jacdon at
Mon Dec 11 08:16:18 MST 2000

>From Radio Havana Cuba on Dec. 12:


Havana, December 9 (RHC)-- Cuban President Fidel Castro attended the
unveiling yesterday of the statue of John Lennon on Friday in a Havana
park. The President of the Cuban Parliament, Ricardo Alarcon, spoke to
the crowd gathered to mark the historic occasion. The ceremony took
place on the 20th anniversary of Lennon's murder. He was shot to death
in New York City on December 8th, 1980.

Ricardo Alarcon said that John Lennon is best remembered for his efforts
on behalf of world peace and tolerance. The President of the Cuban
Parliament stated that John Lennon is especially popular in Cuba, where
many musicians acknowledge his influence in their work.

Lennon Park sits in the center of the city, in the tree-lined Vedado
neighborhood. The statue of Lennon, sitting cross-legged on a park bench
next to where others may sit, is a striking likeness of the legendary
British singer and songwriter.

Friday night at Havana's Jose Marti Anti-Imperialist Tribunal, a group
of Cuban singers and songwriters performed Beatles songs in a free,
open-air concert. The concert ended with the enthusiastic crowd singing
along on such classics as "Imagine" and "Hey Jude."

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