On Saturday, as fans enter Miami Arena to hear Los Van Van, a popular progressive-salsa band from Cuba, an improvised "big brother" brigade intends to photograph and videotape them. Their pictures, suggests Juan Amador Rodriguez, a Miami radio commentator, should be printed and broadcast to expose what he calls "Fidel Castro sympathizers." In the minds of Amador and other anti-Castro warriors, a liking for Cuban salsa apparently equates with Communist leanings.
The temptation is strong to just laugh at this plan, but there is an alarming whiff of intimidation about it. The scheme also raises serious concerns about privacy rights in a free country. In truth, the actions of these vociferous Cuban American exiles mimic the totalitarian attitudes of the dictatorship in Cuba that they so forcefully reject.