Parque Central, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

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Draken on April 15, 2009

Did you ever hear about the "incident" with this monument?

In the evening of the 3rd of March of 1949 three drunk Americans marines climbed up and pissed on the José Martí’s Havana monument. The next morning after the incident, the picture of the three white uniformed American marines on top of the white marble monument was the highlight of couple of national newspapers. If you have a closer look at that picture you will recognize how bizarre it is, the marines look like three monkeys on top of a white tree, but the most amazing thing about it is how the marines became part of the monument and as a result part of our daily life.

I am sure that with an advanced search the original photo can be found on the internet.

Hans Sterkendries on April 16, 2009

Hi Draken

Yes, I knew about that incident. There's a 2002 movie called Fidel that features the incident.

After seeing the movie I tried to verify the historic truth and found out the incident really occured.

PS: Unfortunately the film had to be filmed in Mexico.

Best regards from Belgium - Hans

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  • Uploaded on January 8, 2007
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    by Hans Sterkendries
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
    • Taken on 2006/12/16 18:46:34
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