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Cubans of Spanish descent apply for citizenship under new law

(29 Dec 2008)
Havana, Cuba
1. Wide shot exterior Spanish Embassy, Havana
2. Medium shot Spanish flag
3. Pan right people in long line outside embassy
4. Medium shot people in line with Cuban flag in the background
5. Close up people talking in line and holding paperwork
6. Wide shot people crossing street to embassy
7. Pan right people seated inside Spanish Consular office
8. Medium man takes seat in front of Consular official
9. Close up documents belonging to Norberto Diaz
10. Pan right Consular official takes seat in front of Diaz
11. Reverse shot official talking to Diaz
12. Medium shot official and Diaz shake hands
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Norberto Diaz, first person to become Spanish citizen under new law:
“I am really very happy; I had waited anxiously for this moment for my father and for my grandfather. My grandfather always said that we should never leave our country. He said we should never be foreigners because he came here at age 16 and was never able to see his parents again. So, I want to pay homage to him and see where he was born. I also feel like I’m Spanish.”
14. Medium shot Diaz leaving Spanish Consulate
15. Wide shot people in line outside Spanish embassy
Mexico City, Mexico
16. Wide Angel of Independence plaza
17. Wide Plaza of the Diana
18. Wide exterior of the Spanish Embassy
19. Medium people standing in line outside embassy
20. Travel medium walking along long line outside embassy
21. Wide long line outside embassy
22. Medium woman talking to applicant waiting outside
23. Embassy worker speaking to man seeking Spanish citizenship, UPSOUND: (Spanish) embassy worker:
“You are a grandchild of exiles. Your grandparents?” Man seeking Spanish citizenship: “Yes. Do I have to get it stamped by a notary?”
24. Close on application form
25. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Graciela Maldonado, Mexican citizen seeking Spanish citizenship:
“The documents that they want you to submit over internet are your birth certificate, and the birth certificate of your paternal or maternal grandparent, it doesn’t matter. Then also you have to show the birth certificate of the parent who is the child of that grandparent and prove that that person left as an exile. Those are the only things they’re asking for.”
26. Medium pan right man walking out of embassy past others still waiting in line
Long lines formed outside Spanish embassies in Latin America on Monday after Spain began allowing citizenship applications Saturday from the descendants of people who went into exile after its Civil War.
The government said as many as 500,000 people could be eligible under the program to address the painful legacy of the conflict.
The Spanish Cabinet approved the measure Friday under a law passed last year to make amends to victims of the 1936-39 war and the ensuing right-wing dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.
Citizenship is being offered to descendants of people who fled because of political persecution or postwar economic hardship. Those who accept it will not have to renounce their current citizenship.
On Monday, long lines extended in front of Spain’s embassies in Mexico City and Havana.
Cubans and Mexicans of Spanish descent were eager to apply for citizenship under Spain’s newly enacted law.
While there is no reliable estimate on how many Cubans qualify, the line outside the embassy in Havana on Monday stretched close to 500 and was still growing.
Norberto Diaz was the first Cuban to become a Spanish citizen under the law.
“I am really very happy; I had waited anxiously for this moment for my father and for my grandfather.”

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