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Cablegate: After-Action: "Day of Solidarity with Cuban

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PP RUEHGR
DE RUEHPO #0220 1442051
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 232051Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY PARAMARIBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0191
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHAO/AMCONSUL CURACAO PRIORITY 1263
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 0022

UNCLAS PARAMARIBO 000220

SIPDIS

WHA/PDA FOR CHAD WEST, WHA/CAR FOR JACKIE ROSHOLT, WHA FOR
DAS KIRSTEN MADISON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO CU NS
SUBJECT: AFTER-ACTION: "DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH CUBAN
PEOPLE" ACTIVITIES IN SURINAME

REF: STATE 51536

1. (U) In solidarity with the people of Cuba, Post placed
an explanatory text with a link to solidaridadcuba.org on its
website.

2. (U) Given longstanding bilateral ties between Suriname
and Cuba, Post faces an uphill battle in sensitizing the
Government of Suriname to the plight of ordinary Cubans.
Nevertheless, the Ambassador, who served in Havana in the
1990's, has made it her personal mission to subtly educate
Surinamers on the realities of life there.

3. (U) To commemorate May 21 in particular, Post's planned
signature event would have been a screening of the movie,
"Bananas." Unfortunately, and despite Post's best efforts,
these plans fell through; the express ordered copy of the
film still has not arrived. The movie is not legally
available in Suriname. As a substitute, and keeping the
solidarity theme in mind, Post screened the inspiring movie,
"In America" instead of "Bananas." Post will consider
rescheduling a screening of "Bananas" at a later, similarly
appropriate date.

4. (U) There was no initial media coverage in Suriname.
SCHREIBER HUGHES

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