Friends Again-Cuban Embassy Opens in Washington DC
After a long time since 1961 the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC has reopened. It was maintained in previous years but not allowed to fly the Cuban flag until July 20, 2015. I arrived at the Cuban embassy on 16th street in Washington DC in the afternoon and found many people and the media at the gate looking at the Cuban flag as well as the embassy itself. There were many signs protesting the blockade of cuba. It is remarkable that this event took place since Cuba almost started WWIII by installing Soviet R12 medium range nuclear ballistic missiles on Cuban soil. These missiles had a 1292 mile range which would allow them to reach many targets in the USA. This was discovered by U2 Spy plane reconnaissance flights. What gave the world time is that these missiles were not ready for launch. The Cuban missile crisis was a 13 day event that took place between October 14-28, 1962. At the time I was only 6 years so I did not understand the significance of the event. President John F. Kennedy imposed a naval blockade of Cuba and then negotiated with Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union to have the missiles removed. Fortunately for the world, Cuba and the Soviet Union complied.
A series of agreements resulted from the Cuban Missile Crisis. The USA would have to remove nuclear missiles from Turkey and Italy. The USA would agree not to invade Cuba without direct provocation. The USA tried to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs via a CIA sponsored paramilitary group attempt on April 17, 1961. Lastly a nuclear hotline was established between the USA and Soviet Union. These measures made the world a safer place.
There were many photo opportunities including the bystanders, media, media interviews, protesters and protest signs. Even though I arrived late, it was still worthwhile as a steady stream of visitors made their way to the embassy. All photos by me were taken by a compact digital camera shooting at 100 ISO. I included some photos from other contributors. Let us hope the friendship lasts between the USA and Cuba.
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