[Marxism] got it!

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Fri Dec 17 13:13:14 MST 2004

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December 17, 2004
Cuba Erects Sign Linking U.S. and Fascism
Filed at 12:09 p.m. ET

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba responded Friday to U.S. diplomats' refusal to take down Christmas decorations by putting up a huge billboard in front of the U.S. Interest Section emblazoned with a swastika and showing photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American soldiers.

The billboard, put up overnight, had a large swastika in red and the word ``fascists'' covered with a ``Made in the U.S.A.'' stamp. It sat prominently on the Malecon, Havana's coastal highway, facing the mission's offices.

An American diplomat in Havana speaking on condition of anonymity said Friday that the torture of prisoners at Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison has been reported and discussed openly, and that those responsible are being prosecuted.

``On the other hand, the Cuban government does not allow a single word of dissent in its media, jails those who dare espouse different ideas and has not allowed (anyone) to visit Cuban political prisoners since the late 1980s,'' the official said.

The U.S. Interest Section, headed by chief James Cason, ignored a demand earlier this week to remove Christmas decorations that included a reference to dissidents jailed by Fidel Castro's government.

The trimmings included a Santa Claus, candy canes and white lights wrapped around palm trees -- and a sign reading ``75'' -- a reference to 75 Cuban dissidents jailed last year.

All of the decorations will stay up until after the holidays, the U.S. official reiterated Friday.

Cuban Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon called the sign ``rubbish'' this week, and said Cason seems ``desperate to create problems.''

Cuba had warned the U.S. Interest Section to remove the decorations or face unspecified consequences.

No other officials from Castro's administration have commented on the spat. 

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