All the way to Beijing
It’s hard to argue with the demonstrators’ sentiment … except if you are Jose Ramon Fernandez.
Mr Fernandez is coyly described in Havana as the head of the Cuban Olympic Committee. In fact, he is much more than that: he is also a senior member of the Cuban Communist Party, a member of the Council of Ministers and a long standing apparatchik of the regime.
So his views on the torch relay disruptions may not come as a total surprise.
He has told reporters in Beijing that the Cuban Olympic Committee condemns the demonstrations which he said, were part of a well-orchestrated campaign aimed at undermining international confidence in China's capacity to organise the Games.
He said the campaign was being organised by “certain non-government organisations”, unnamed “personalities” and, naturally enough, the capitalist media.
As for an Olympic boycott, Mr Fernandez made it clear that Cuban athletes will most definitively compete in Beijing.