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Protesters spar ahead of Obama-Castro summit meeting

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 01:18

Protesters in support of and against the Cuban government scuffle as U.S. and Cuban officials move forward in normalizing relations. Nathan Frandino reports.

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These protesters are all Cubans, but their ideological divide could not be any more apparent. On one side, Cuban government supporters. On the other... Dissidents. Their protests at the Summit of the Americas in Panama come as U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are expected to meet informally. The two spoke by phone this week and discussed how to resume formal diplomatic relations. Just Thursday night, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. Their two-hour meeting was the first high-level meeting between the two countries since 1958. In Havana, the meeting dominated headlines. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) CUBAN MAN, GERARDO RAMIREZ, SAYING: "It seems good to me because that's how the people can come together without problems." U.S. officials described the meeting as constructive, with the State Department recommending that Cuba be removed from the list of countries it says sponsor terrorism.

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Protesters spar ahead of Obama-Castro summit meeting

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 01:18