The Cuban flag is raised over their new embassy in Washington, on Monday. Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new, post-Cold War era in U.S
The streets surrounding the embassy were filled with media and onlookers, this morning. As the Cuban flag went up, shouts of protests could be heard: "Cuba si! Castro No!" Yes to Cuba, No to Castro.
In response, others shouted: "Viva Fidel! Viva! Viva Raúl! Viva" Long live, Fidel. Long live, Raúl.
In a speech after the ceremony, Rodriguez reminded everyone that while the reopening of embassies normalizes diplomatic relations, there are still many thorny issues left to be worked out.
"The historic events we are living today will only make sense with the removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes so much deprivation and damage to our people, the return of occupied territory in Guantanamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba," Rodriguez said.
In Miami, home to the largest Cuban exile community in the United States, a few protesters gathered to denounce the opening of embassies. Demonstrators accused President Obama of being a "coward."
A Cuban flag flies among empty flag polls that obscure the then U.S. Interests Section. That building has again become the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
Secretary John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the American flag at the U.S. embassy there later in the summer.
Conrad Tribble, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, tweeted shortly after midnight that he had phoned the State Department.
"Just made first phone call to State Dept. Ops Center from United States Embassy Havana ever," he tweeted. "It didn't exist in Jan 1961."