Havana blames the United States for stimulating illegal departures from Cuba

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Five drowned rafters is the first balance of the ‘Collision’ between a speedboat from the United States and a Cuban border guard boat, according to the note from the Ministry of the Interior broadcast this Saturday on Cuban television. Eighteen people were rescued alive, according to the authorities, who accuse the pilot of the boat of violating the territorial sea of ​​Cuba and participating in a “human trafficking operation”. The victims are three women, a man and a minor.

“As a result of the collision, the offending boat turned,” the statement said. The Ministry of the Interior immediately blamed “the hostile and cruel policy of the United States Government against Cuba, which tolerates and stimulates illegal departures from Cuba by allowing the permanence in its territory of irregular migrants. The economic blockade causes enormous difficulties for the population and becomes one of the main incentives that generate this type of action.”

The sinking occurred north of Bahia Honda (Artemisa province), when the boat transported the rafters to the United States in the midst of a migratory wave that in just one year, after the popular rebellion of July 11, has caused the exodus of at least 220,000 Cubans. From the exile media, the coastguard has been blamed for sinking, once again, a boat that was trying to flee from the island.

Any escape route is good to get off the island, in addition to the traditional rafts, the speedboats that arrive from the north or the plane trip to Nicaragua and the subsequent odyssey to Rio Bravo. In the United States, the overland trip of an elderly couple, he 82 years old and his wife, 73, had a great impact. In recent days even with stolen planes or windsurf boards they have arrived in Florida.

Source: www.elmundo.es

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