Cuba US Election
Cubans fear Trump victory can threaten progress
Story No.: 4065047
Source: AP TELEVISION
Dateline: Havana - 9 November 2016
Date: 11/09/2016 09:06 AM
Havana - 9 November 2016
1. Various of Cuban family watching election returns
2. Cuban and American flags hanging from walls
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Yasmani Navea, Havana resident:
"It's something that I don't understand, it's a problem for the whole world because if he (Trump) is president and does the things he said he was going to do, the whole world will suffer."
4. US flag waving at US embassy in Havana
5. Seal and photo Barack Obama at US embassy
6. Exterior of US embassy
7. Pablo Cruz using IMO (Wi Fi Hotspot) to talk to daughter in US, inside car
8. Close up of daughter on screen of phone
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Pablo Cruz, Havana resident:
"That Trump, you might as well cut your veins."
10. People at street corners
11 . Mid man with US flag shirt
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Danay Telles, Havana resident:
"They (the US) can't change the laws of our country, nor can Trump. We are a socialist country and they are capitalists, one thing has nothing to do with the other. The only ugly thing about it all is his opinion about reversing things."
13. Various people on the Malecon
14. Various musicians playing on the Malecon
Cubans reacted with stunned disbelief that Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States, seeing the Republican candidate as a leader who could roll back gains made in normalizing relations between the two Cold War antagonists and potentially threaten the fragile economic gains made since the process began in 2014.
Residents in Havana gathered in their homes and along the iconic seaside Malecon boulevard to monitor the election returns, becoming increasingly concerned as Democrat Hillary Clinton lost state after state as the returns came in throughout the night.
Trump promised Cuban Americans in Miami last weekend he would reverse President Obama's executive orders relaxing travel and trade restrictions, and would enforce the trade embargo if the Castro Government doesn't make major political changes to the country's socialist system.
That would be a non-starter for the Cuban Government, which would indicate the possibility of a contentious future for U.S.-Cuba relations.
The opening to Cuba has sparked a tourism boom on the island, and increased interest in investments by U.S. companies, both now in jeopardy under a Trump administration.
|Subjects:||Embassies , 2016 United States presidential election , Presidential elections , International relations , Government and politics , United States presidential election , Events , National elections , Elections|
|People:||Donald Trump , Hillary Clinton , Barack Obama|
|Locations:||Havana , La Habana , Cuba|