facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fireworks show a protest off Cuba coast

Aug. 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM   |   Comments

KEY WEST, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A fireworks show at sea, protesting Cuba's lack of freedom and Internet access, was conducted from boats in international waters, organizers said.

Three boats in a flotilla organized by Movimento Democracia, an American group demanding immediate democracy in Cuba, sailed from Key West, Fla., Saturday evening to within territorial waters claimed by Cuba. They then voluntarily pulled back to international waters, beyond the 13-mile mark, and launched fireworks in a "Lights of Freedom" display to highlight the lack of freedom of Cuban civil society and the government's censorship of Internet access, the Miami-based newspaper El Nuevo Herald reported Monday.

The Cuban government objected to the boats' presence and the U.S. Coast Guard was instructed to keep the protesters a "prudent" distance away from Cuba, the newspaper said.

"We will stay at 13 miles because we don't want to cause problems. This is a totally pacifist event to express solidarity with the Cuban people," movement leader Ramon Saul Sanchez said.

The event was the 16th expedition to the edge of Cuban waters by the group, and only the third using fireworks, in the hope that Havana residents could see the lights, the newspaper said.

"It has been a beautiful spectacle," said activist and voyager Jose Aguilar, after the demonstration.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
2
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
3
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
4
Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym Man beaten to death by barbell in San Francisco gym
5
Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others Climate change march attracts hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and others
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback