Follow-up on Havana Night Club story of last year
On November 15 I posted that 44 dancers, singers and musicians, here to stage a revue, sought political asylum in the United States.
Well, I was wrong, there were fifty of them, not forty-four, and they succeeded: Cuban Performers Are Granted Asylum. The troupe had reasons to ask for asylum:
A year ago this week, Cuban officials raided the Havana building where the group rehearsed and seized thousands of dollars worth of equipment. They ordered the group to disband and told them they would no longer be permitted to perform. Their founder and artistic director, Nicole Durr, who is German, was arrested and expelled from the country.
Commenting on the story, Prof. Pamela Falk, their legal advisor, said,
she believed the case was the largest mass defection in the history of Cuba. The troupe, she said, contained a fascinating cross-section of Cuban society, ranging in age from 19 to 38 and representing many of the island’s racial groups – Afro-Cuban, mulatto and European.
Welcome indeed, and good for them. No wonder Castro’s Cuba suffers – they chase off, imprison, or kill their best and brightest in every walk of life; well, except for those who live to kill, like Che. That’s not a recipe for a happy country.