Thursday, February 09, 2006

Two Cheers for Mexico: Sheraton Closing Over Cuba-US Embargo Row

Members of the Mexican Movement of Solidarity with Cuba block tourists from entering the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City

Mexico has many failings, but it is certainly a proud nation who deeply values its sovereignty.

After complaints from neighbors, Mexico City officials went to the hotel and found a raft of licensing violations. We'll get a translation of this as soon as possible. They've announced that the hotel will soon be closed and that the local officials have begun the process of revoking the hotel's license to operate. It should be closed in 5 days. From La Opinion, Feb 9th:

Clausurarán el hotel María Isabel Sheraton
La medida obedece a irregularidades operativas y de construcción

UPDATE: The Miami Herald editorial board has sharply criticized the US action in Mexico City in a piece called "The Bad Neighbor"!

The expulsion of Cuban officials from a U.S.-owned hotel in Mexico City at the behest of the U.S. Treasury Department is an incident straight out of the Three Stooges school of diplomacy. A friendly nation has been insulted, U.S. businesses in Mexico are alarmed, and Cuba can once again paint itself as the aggrieved party in its dispute with the United States.


Blogger Cuba Journal said...

I think the Mexico City Sheraton deserves to be closed, PERMANENTLY.

The arrogance of Uncle Sam makes me sick.

You have a good blog.


4:29 PM  
Blogger Camilo Pino said...

Management of the Sheraton Maria Isabel is defying the order with and says operations continue as normal.

6:33 PM  

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