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Cuba's return to baseball series after half-century absence greeted by protests in Venezuela
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:11 PM EST
Cuba's return to a tournament of the Caribbean's top baseball teams after a half-century absence is being met with protests in Venezuela.
Sunday's protest was called by Venezuela's opposition, which sees Raul Castro's communist government as the architect of their own country's socialist policies.
Cuba hosted the inaugural Caribbean Series in 1949 and won of seven of the first 12 tournaments before withdrawing from the competition when former President Fidel Castro banned professional sports in 1960.
Cuba returned this year despite concerns by Major League Baseball that its participation would violate a U.S. trade embargo against the island.