How Social Media Reacted To The Cuba Announcement

Dec 18, 2014

Lazaro Lozano, center, protests against President Obama's decision to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States while at Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho in Miami on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald

President Barack Obama shook up a half-century of U.S.-Cuba relations Wednesday, announcing the two countries had agreed to start normalizing relations. Obama wants to set up an embassy in Havana, loosen travel restrictions and allow more trade between the two countries.

South Florida's Cuban-American delegation in Congress criticized the announcement -- calling Obama the "Appeaser-in-Chief." Protesters shouted down the president in Little Havana.

But many other cheered the move. They argued the embargo wasn't working, and the only people being punished were regular Cubans -- and not the country's leadership.

Many also took to social media to speculate what the Cuba announcement would mean for the country and the rest of Latin America.

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