The weather is not cooperating. High winds, forecasts of seven-foot seas, and mechanical difficulties have intruded on the plan of Cuban American groups to mark Human Rights Day by taking a flotilla of vessels to an area off Cuba’s north shore to set off fireworks this evening, ostensibly to be seen by people ashore, 12.5 miles away.
Undaunted, the flotilla got under way, three hours late, with three or four vessels only. Estimated time of arrival: 6:30 p.m.
Earlier notes on this here.
Update 12/11: Who knew? Fireworks can be seen from 12 miles away, and they were last Friday night even in less-than-ideal weather conditions. An AP crew went to the Malecon to report the story and got roughed up by a government gang; story here and AP video below. El Nuevo’s story, written by Juan Carlos Chavez aboard one of the vessels, is here.