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.|