Monday, July 30, 2007

Cuba - More Cubans leaving

But the BBC keeps reassuring us that Cuba is such a wonderful place. So why do so many Cubans want out?

"So far this fiscal year, 2,819 Cubans have made it ashore in Florida, compared with 3,076 in all of last year, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Zachary Mann."

With 5 months left in the year, they'll break last years record.

"The number of Cubans intercepted in the Florida Straits are still below -- but likely to exceed -- last year's 2,810, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

That was the highest number since the 1994 exodus when the Coast Guard picked up more than 35,000 people floating off Cuba in all kinds of rafts when Castro opened the doors briefly."

Remember this next time the BBC puts out a rosy picture of Cuba.

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