HAVANA: Cuba has erected a giant concrete flag in front of the US embassy in the capital Havana as hopes of an enchancment in bilateral relations below the Joe Biden administration fade on the island nation.
The 12-meter (40-foot) excessive flag is on a sq. that has been the location of many professional-authorities rallies, together with some focusing on the United States.
Neither the official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, Granma, nor the official state information web site Cubadebate, which normally makes such bulletins to nice fanfare, talked about the flag.
State development and upkeep firm ECOM was the primary official physique to say the flag on its Facebook web page.
“This monumental construction is now up on our anti-imperialist stage: our flag, which has never been mercenary and on which shines a star that is brighter for being alone,” the corporate wrote.
The stage was constructed in 2000 throughout a authorized and political battle between Cuba and the United States over the destiny of a six-yr-previous boy, Elian Gonzalez.
His mom had died whereas the pair crossed the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Miami and the island nation’s authorities needed to repatriate him to be along with his father in Cuba.
In 2006, authorities planted 138 Cuban flags on the stage as a “monument against terrorism” that was inaugurated by the late Fidel Castro, Cuba’s revolutionary hero who was then president.
“Frankly I don’t know what it is. A monument, a sculpture, a parasol, a giant pulpit?” Maikel Jose Rodriguez, the editor of Artecubano, the official publication of the nationwide plastic arts council, wrote on Facebook.
“What can this eyesore offer to Cuban monumental art? Very little. In fact, nothing, except mockery.”
Cubans appear lower than enamored by the monument.
“If you look at it from behind it’s a guillotine,” wrote Whigman Montoya on Facebook, whereas Aristides Pestana described it as “embedded in asphalt, rigid, grey and dead.”
Relations between Havana and Washington had been more and more strained below the Donald Trump administration, which ramped up sanctions towards Cuba.
But hopes that issues would enhance below President Biden have to date confirmed unfounded.
Biden has made no overtures to the island nation whereas remaining steadfast on the topic of human rights abuses by the Havana authorities.