Today, the United States flag was raised at the newly reopened embassy in Cuba. The U.S. shut down their embassy 54 years ago, and today marked another step in the recently renewed relations between the two countries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on hand for the ceremony, as were the soldiers who brought down the flag in 1961, according to the BBC. “The people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders,” Kerry said.
Despite all the progress made by the U.S. and Cuba, the trade embargo has not been lifted. On Thursday, former Cuban president Fidel Castro wrote a letter stating that the U.S. owed Cuba millions of dollars to compensate for the economic harm caused by the blockade. In both countries, there are also those who believe these renewed relations are the wrong course of action.
Check out some of the images and reactions from today’s historic event: