Sunday, March 03, 2013

The Cuban Five

They love these guys in Cuba.

At first I thought they were The Beatles. (The one on the far right looks like a Mexican McCartney.) Then I noticed some inconsistencies: there were five of them, the one bottom-left looked like a returned astronaut, and the one top-left looked like the Devil.

Turns out they are not the Beatles, but prisoners in the U.S.

Back in 1998 the U.S. arrested and convicted The Cuban Five on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage. The men said that, No, no, no, they were not in Miami to bring down the U.S., but instead to infiltrate a terrorist group that had been exploding bombs in Havana (and with the secondary aim of perhaps releasing an album of popular music).

And on the argument goes.

They are regarded as heroes in Cuba, venerated with little shrines in every town. They haven't ruled out starting a band on their release (though, to be fair, nobody has asked them that question).

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