Furious Fidel Castro leads anti-U.S. protest

Published On: Oct 15 2012 01:05:23 PM EDT

In January 2006, Cuban Communist dictator Fidel Castro said that he would lead a protest against the United States in Havana and Tuesday, he kept his word.

Castro was furious that the United States put up new electronic signs on our embassy in Havana that scroll human rights messages. As a way of fighting back, he staged a protest.

He said the signs should also talk about the prisoner abuse scandals at Guantanamo Bay.

Castro also used Tuesday's protest to accuse the United States of protecting jailed Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles.

Posada is being held in El Paso, Texas. Posada was arrested in Miami in May after officials said he entered the United States illegally. His attorneys say the charges are bogus because Posada never gave up his U.S. residency.

Posada was twice acquitted in military court in Venezuela of charges related to the 1976 bombing that killed 73 people when a Cuban airliner crashed off the coast of Barbados. He denies any involvement. The decision to acquit was later thrown out.

Posada escaped from a Venezuelan prison in 1985. He is wanted as a terrorist in Venezuela and his arrest has strained relations between the United States and several Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Despite Venezuela's demands, in September 2005 a judge refused to extradite Posada back to that country because he believed the exile's claims that he would be tortured in Venezuela.

Posada was denied bond