U.S. shows colours, Cuba shows cars
|Havana's former flag thicket. Wikipedia photo by Angelo Lucia.
NOT SO LONG ago, the plaza separating what was then the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana from the Malecón waterfront boulevard was home to a forest of Cuban flags – part of the long-running propaganda war between Cuba and the United States.
Today, the plaza's flagpoles stood bare, allowing a unimpeded view of the ceremony to raise the Stars and Stripes outside the newly reopened U.S. embassy.
The now-clear sightlines had an additional purpose.
Perfectly positioned on the Malecón to appear in the camera shots behind U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was a trio of handsome old Chevrolets: a two-tone '55 sedan, a black '59 Impala four-door and the king of classics – a red '57 Bel Air convertible.
The message? American tourists, your rides await.
|Old Glory and old glories, as captured in a video by CCTV America and posted on YouTube.