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The South Florida Roundup

Florida Roundup: U.S. Embassy Opens In Havana

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Ramon Espinosa
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Associated Press

Just 90 miles south of Key West, the U.S. flag was raised in Cuba to mark the opening of the American embassy in Havana -- 54 years after it was closed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at a small ceremony, speaking about the island's future and the relationship between the two countries.

"Cuba's future is for the Cuban people to shape," Kerry said.

Meanwhile in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, emotions ran high as critics and supporters of the move clashed at a street protest.

Listen to Kenny Malone's report below:

Florida Roundup: U.S. Embassy Opens In Havana
WLRN's Kenny Malone went to Little Havana to talk with Cuban Americans as the U.S. flag was raised in Havana, Cuba.

Cuban dissidents were not present at the ceremony, "because that is a government to government moment with very limited space," said Kerry in an interview with NBC's Jose Diaz-Balart. "We are having the reception later in the day in which we can have a cross section of civil society including some dissidents."

With relations thawing between the U.S. and Cuba, the question now turns to whether the Cuban embargo will be lifted

Below is our broadcast and discussion of the flag-raising: