Saturday, November 28, 2009

At the top of Marti memorial

Jose Luis Ponce
During much of the time I was based in Cuba, Jose Luis Ponce was the director of the International Press Center in Havana.
I first met Ponce in around 1995 when he worked as a press attache at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C. U.S. officials expelled him in 1996 in retaliation for Cuba's removal of Robin Meyer, an American diplomat who had been meeting with dissidents in Cuba.
Reporters based in Havana liked Ponce, I think. He handled a difficult job with grace, intelligence and humor. He went on to become the Cuban ambassador to the Bahamas.
Here's the view from the top of the 358-foot Jose Marti Memorial.

I took these photos during a mass rally held to demand the return of boat-wreck victim Elian Gonzalez in 2000.

Along the Malecon's Pro-government marches & rallies page

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