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La voz romántica de Cuba, como se conoce en la Isla al cantautor Waldo Mendoza, trabaja en el que considera un "disco muy ambicioso", un fonograma de duetos en el que intervendrán destacadas figuras de la canción en España, según dio a conocer la revista digital Suenacubano.com.

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El coordinador nacional de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), José Daniel Ferrer, fue detenido este jueves cuando intentaba salir de la sede de la organización en Santiago de Cuba, sobre la cual se mantiene, y "ha sido reforzado", el operativo desplegado por las fuerzas del régimen desde el domingo pasado.

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José Daniel Ferrer, coordinador general de la Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Unpacu), fue detenido este jueves cerca de la una de la tarde cuando salía de la sede de la organización en la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba, según informó vía telefónica a 14ymedio Omar Fayut, miembro de la organización opositora.

El activista denuncia que desde el fallecimiento del expresidente Fidel Castro "muchos miembros del movimiento han sido acosados" por la policía política y se mantiene un cerco alrededor de la sede de la Unpacu.

El pasado domingo, un centenar de miembros de la Unpacu fueron arrestados cuando intentaban realizar una marcha hasta el santuario de El Cobre para exigir la liberación de los presos políticos. La mayoría de los detenidos fueron liberados pasadas unas horas, pero nueve permanecen todavía encarcelados.

Minutos antes de su detención, Ferrer había denunciado en la red social Twitter que continuaban arrestados los activistas Ovidio Martín, Samuel Leblan, Juan Salgado, Yasmani Magaña, Belkis Cantillo y Moraima Díaz, entre otros.

Santiago de #Cuba #UNPACU Continúan detenidos: Ovidio Martín, Samuel Leblan, Juan Salgado, Yasmani Magaña, Belkis Cantillo, Moraima Díaz

— José Daniel Ferrer (@jdanielferrer) 22 de diciembre de 2016

Carlos Amel Oliva, miembro de la Unpacu, sostiene que "la amenaza es constante" y que desde el lunes se mantiene sitiada la sede con efectivos policiales "apostados en las esquinas". El joven explica que los uniformados "pusieron unas vallas para prohibir el acceso de cualquier tipo de vehículos".

A las detenciones y los cercos policiales se le han sumado los registros en al menos 13 viviendas de activistas de la Unpacu.

El último informe de la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional (CCDHRN) señala que durante el pasado mes de noviembre se produjeron en la Isla al menos 359 detenciones arbitrarias de opositores pacíficos. Son unos cien casos menos que en octubre pero la organización independiente alerta de un posible repunte represivo tras la muerte del expresidente Fidel Castro el 25 de noviembre.

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Marcelo Hernández

A finales de este mes se pondrá a la venta la cuota del mercado racionado correspondiente a enero de 2017. Los cubanos que dependen de los productos distribuidos a precios subvencionados conmemoran a las afueras de las bodegas, y con largas filas, el 55 aniversario de la libreta de racionamiento, cuya eliminación sigue siendo una de las asignaturas pendientes de Raúl Castro.

En 2014 el salario medio mensual subió en la Isla un 24% y alcanzó los 584 pesos (unos 24 dólares). A pesar de ese incremento, muchas familias dependen aún de los precios subvencionados que mantiene la cartilla de racionamiento. Sus entradas no les permiten costear los precios marcados por la oferta y la demanda ni de la red minorista de tiendas en pesos convertibles.

Distintos analistas y funcionarios oficiales han advertido de que la eliminación de la libreta podría causar una caída del nivel de vida de los sectores más vulnerables de la población, entre los que se encuentran jubilados y familias que no reciben ningún ingreso adicional al sueldo estatal.

Entre los Lineamientos aprobados en el séptimo Congreso del Partido Comunista, en abril pasado, se acordó "dar continuidad a la eliminación ordenada y gradual de los productos de la libreta de abastecimiento". Sin embargo, hasta el momento la propuesta se ha incumplido, en parte por el escaso desarrollo económico que ha experimentado el país en los últimos años.

[[QUOTE:Distintos analistas y funcionarios oficiales han advertido de que la eliminación de la libreta podría causar una caída del nivel de vida de los sectores más vulnerables de la población]]El producto interior bruto de Cuba crecerá solo un 0,4% este año, su rango más bajo en las últimas dos décadas, según confirmó recientemente la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal). Ante esa realidad, el Gobierno no ha podido mejorar el poder adquisitivo de la población ni desarticular el mercado racionado.

El Gobierno se enfrenta al dilema de mantener la enorme infraestructura y los abultados costos de prolongar la vida de la libreta o suprimirla, con la consiguiente profundización de la pobreza en varios grupos sociales. Una medida de ese tipo tendría un innegable impacto político para un proceso que se ha definido como una revolución "por los humildes y para los humildes".

El oficialismo ha repetido en varias ocasiones que es preferible "subsidiar personas y no productos", pero la cuota racionada todavía se entrega a todo ciudadano por igual, incluso a aquellos que han alcanzado un nivel de ingresos superior a la media. La práctica se ha enfocado en retirar productos de la canasta básica subvencionada.

Arroz, granos, aceite, azúcar, sal, huevo, pollo y pan, son algunos de los alimentos que aún se mantienen en el circuito subvencionado, mientras que otras mercancías han sido retiradas de la libreta, entre ellas el detergente líquido, los jabones de baño y de lavar, dentífrico, pastas alimenticias, carne de res y cigarros.

Durante las décadas de los 70 y 80 resultaba prácticamente imposible vivir sin los productos de la libreta de racionamiento. Este fenómeno causaba, entre otros muchos males, una baja migración interna y un mayor control del Estado sobre los ciudadanos.

[[QUOTE:Arroz, granos, aceite, azúcar, sal, huevo, pollo y pan, son algunos de los alimentos que aún se mantienen en el circuito subvencionado]]Actualmente, la movilidad de la población hacia las capitales de provincia y en especial hacia La Habana ha aumentado a raíz de la flexibilización de la política en materia de alquileres de viviendas. La posibilidad de adquirir alimentos y productos de higiene fuera del sistema de racionamiento también ha contribuido al fenómeno.

La aparición de un mercado paralelo donde se incluyen establecimientos estatales y panaderías privadas también ha tenido una enorme importancia en el proceso de independencia ciudadana. El pan de la libreta, un tema recurrente en asambleas de rendición de cuenta del Poder Popular, análisis críticos en la prensa oficial y blanco de burlas de la mayoría de los humoristas cubanos, ha perdido su protagonismo.

Las familias con mejores entradas económicas han renunciado a hacer la tradicional cola para obtenerlo por 10 centavos de pesos cubanos. Prefieren apelar a las panaderías privadas que ofrecen una amplia variedad de productos a precios no regulados.

Las bodegas con estantes vacíos donde una pizarra anuncia los productos del mes se han convertido, junto a los viejos vehículos estadounidenses que aún circulan por las calles de la Isla y las vallas con mensajes políticos, en uno de los trofeos fotográficos que los turistas se llevan como parte del paisaje social de Cuba.

La desaparición de la libreta tendrá que esperar a que terminen de aplicarse las reformas paulatinas anunciadas por las autoridades. Probablemente serán más los que lamenten su fin que quienes lo celebren, pero el día llegará en que algún nieto incrédulo escuche a su abuelo las repetidas historias de "aquella época en la que todos comían lo mismo el mismo día en todo el país".

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Donald Trump and Raul Castro / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellano, 29 November 2016 — The great majority of Cubans were
surprised by Donald Trump's electoral victory. Surveys in other
countries, and the official Cuban press, labelling Hillary Clinton as
the favourite, created false expectations.

Since the results have become known, all sorts of opinions have been put
forward. Some believe that Trump is a dangerous man, who will damage
things, others that he will demand more from Havana, and they are happy
about that, and many are worried that there will be a setback to
relations and regret his triumph, while a majority are unhappy with the
official press campaign against president Barack Obama's policy.

What almost everyone is agreed upon is the poor state in which Cuba
finds itself, and the need to emigrate.

Going back on the established improvements in relations will be
extremely difficult. Why is that? Because of the division of public
authorities, the existence of a diversity of interest groups, and its
institutionalisation in the United States.

The president could limit or eliminate some things, but not everything,
because that would imply affecting North American interests. Quite
simply, electoral populism is one thing, and presiding over an
institutionalised country is quite another.

Even supposing that Trump really could be a threat to the improved
relations with Cuba which Barack Obama managed to achieve — in my
opinion the most important political act in the last half century in
Cuba — the biggest danger of sliding backwards up to now has been, and
still is, the Cuban side of things.

Nationalisation, centralised planning, and the absence of liberties, are
among the principal causes of the permanent crisis in which Cuba finds
itself. The Obama administration's policy offered an opportunity for
change, which was missed by the Cuban side.

Therefore, whatever risk the Trump administration might represent would
be less than the negative influence of the Cuban government, trapped in
an insoluble contradiction between changing and at the same time
preserving power.

Fidel Castro's thesis that "Cuba already changed, in 1959," produced a
more pragmatic vision than General Raúl Castro's one of "changing some
things to hold onto power." Nevertheless, the measures implemented to
that end have not brought about the desired result, because of a
conflict of powers. Instead, they have revealed the unviability of the
economic and social model and the depth of the crisis.

The series of measures enacted by the White House have, among other
things, led to increased tourism and remittances sent to families, the
first cruise ship has arrived, flights have restarted, agreements
reached with American telecommunication companies, negotiations with
other countries and restructuring of external debts. Meanwhile
the Presidential Decision Directive of last November was aimed at
rendering irreversible the advances achieved.

If those measures have not produced a better outcome, it is because the
obstacles in the path of production and the absence of civil liberties
in Cuba have prevented it. For that reason, changes are dependent on the
Cuban authorities, rather than on Trump. To tackle these changes now,
albeit very late, would neutralise any intention by Trump to set things
back.

Bearing in mind that the suspension of the embargo is the prerogative of
the United States Congress, what is needed now, after the "physical
disappearance" of Fidel Castro, is to get on with a comprehensive
structural reform, like that carried out by the Vietnamese, who, having
abandoned centralised planning and adopted a market economy, have
positioned themselves as the 28th largest exporter in the world.

Taken from: El Comercio, Peru

Translated by GH

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What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former
prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed
herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated
over her body.

"I was once young and pretty. The dawn that Batista fled from Cuba, I
was in bed with an businessman who was my lover. Then everything
changed. The Revolution made plans to integrate the prostitutes into
society. I was in a school for women in Marianao. Several of my friends
had courses on cutting and sewing, others to be taxi drivers," says
Luisa, while she eats a ration of rice, peas, and boiled egg in a
horrible state-run restaurant that sells food to low-income people.

But necessity obliged her again to barter of sex for favors. "They say
that the bird always returns to the mountain. The fact is that in 1970,
after the Ten Million Ton Sugar Harvest, with three children and
divorced, I went to bed with a FAR officer who in exchange gave me cans
of Russian meat and condensed milk, among other canned food, and gave me
money to support the children. Fidel Castro did not encourage
prostitution, but mi'jo, the country has never worked, and when it is
not one problem it's another. People cannot live on speeches or
promises," says Luisa.

One of her daughters was a jinetera — a prostitute — at the end of the
'80s. The oldest granddaughter inherited the "office." When night falls,
she goes to a bar south of Havana and hunts for customers.

"It seems we carry being hookers in our blood," emphasizes Luisa with a
grimace that pretends to be a smile, but reflects shame. The olive green
autocracy tried to change the customs of society, to dignify women and
those who never had anything and to build a New Man immune to the vices
of consumerism.

The goal was to achieve a citizen loyal to the Revolution. Atomic bomb
proof. Who was circumspect, almost a saint, who drank little, did not
practice sex too much and was able to recite from memory excerpts from
important speeches of the Maximum Leader.

Like their efforts in crossing cattle breeds or experimenting in a
laboratory with guinea pigs, Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara set to
work. The first thing was to create a political commitment and a culture
of hatred of Yankee imperialism.

The state propaganda apparatus and the party commissars were in charge
of carrying out the task. It was an ideological war of high intensity on
radio, television and in literature.

The shelves of Cuban bookstores overflowed with classics of socialist
realism. The novels of Corín Tellado were forbidden. The directions for
being a future communist passed through "No One is a Solldier at Birth,"
"August of '44" and "Panfilov's Men," among other works of Soviet war
literature.

At that time, control over the media was absolute. Internet sounded like
science fiction, a shortwave radio was something subversive and don't
even dream about a computer, something very large at that time.

The regime dominated the information flow at will. This allowed it to
easily rule. In the 1970s, says Gerardo, an ex-combatant in the Angolan
civil war, "We Cubans all believed that the Ku-Kux-Klan lynched blacks
in every corner of the United States and that that nation's days were
numbered. Our mission was to build socialism first and communism
later. The future belonged to us."

Gerardo still remembers the litany of slogans they repeated every
morning in the military camps. "Many believed that we were breeding a
new future. We did not learn about, or we looked away from the abuses of
power against those who thought differently. I came to know of the
harassment of opponents and homosexuals and the creation of UMAP —
internment camps for homosexuals, religious, dissidents and other
"inconvenients — in the 90's thanks to the internet. We lived in a bubble."

Thousands of men and women were separated from their families with the
mission of evangelizing Castroism. The journalist Tania Quintero, 74,
says that in 1960, after listening to Fidel Castro talking about the
creation of volunteer teachers, who would prepare in the mountains of
the Sierra Maestra and later would be destined to rural schools, she
decided to leave her job as a typist in the People's Socialist Party
offices, and become a teacher.

"I enrolled in the third and final contingent of volunteer
teachers. From March to June of 1961 I was in La Magdalena, in Las Minas
del Frio. Along with elementary notions of pedagogy we received classes
in political indoctrination. We did not have a radio and every day the
press came to us, that's how I heard about the Bay of Pigs invasion,"
Quintero recalls, adding:

"We young women who had better records were selected to take a course in
revolutionary instructors, newly created by Fidel Castro and the
Federation of Cuban Women (FMC). It was a one year study and work
plan. From Monday to Friday we lived in residences in the old Havana
Biltmore, renamed Reparto Siboney by the Revolution. The professors
were University of Havana graduates in teaching, but the subjects were
not limited to mathematics, Spanish, history, geography … We also had to
study Marxism-Leninism and its creators: Marx, Engels and Lenin."

Tania studied in the morning and afternoon and at night gave classes in
"revolutionary instruction" — that is, in commenting and discussing
Fidel Castro's speeches — to former maids, prostitutes and
housewives. "Fidel spoke almost daily, but it was not easy for those
students of low academic and cultural level to express themselves
freely. And I confess that I succeeded because I ignored the dense
paragraphs of his speeches. At that time, one of his mono-themes was
artificial insemination and that allowed me to give animated classes. I
remember one student saying to me: 'I do not know why Fidel wants to do
away with the zebu cows, if those are the ones we have always had and
until 1959 they gave us a lot of meat and lots of milk.' "

Carlos, a sociologist, can not demonstrate that the new social essay,
including the plan of study and work created in 1961 by Fidel Castro and
the FMC was scientific. "I think that it was an empirical plan and gave
its results, because, if I am not mistaken, it spoke to thousands of
women, old maids and peasants. But there were well-defined codes with
regard to the evangelization of Castroism and the creation of a new
Cuban. It was a well-structured protocol for achieving the purpose of
transforming the human being into a zombie. The result of designing a
laboratory man is now being collected. Simulator, liar and generally rude."

The great adversary of the regime of Fidel Castro, first, and of his
brother Raúl later, has been the new information technologies. What the
anti-Castro insurrectionist strategy in the 1960s could not achieve, and
what the subsequent peaceful activism of dissent also failed to achieve,
the Internet and social networks are achieving now.

Despite the fact that an hour of internet costs the equivalent of
two-and-a-half days of a worker's wages, facts can no longer be hidden.
The information highway has made evident the failures and the proverbial
manipulation of the state press.

The network of networks is the weapon that has destroyed the outlandish
project of building the New Man on a Caribbean island. For the
autocracy, the internet is a Trojan Horse. That is why they try to
censor it.

Photo: Members of the Second Contingent of Volunteer Teachers who
graduated in Havana on 23 January 1961. The first contingent graduated
in April 1960 and the third and last in June 1961 in Holguin. About
10,000 young people from all over the country were trained as rural
teachers in makeshift and rustic camps in the Sierra Maestra. As a
culmination of each course, the young people climbed Pico Turquino,
which at 1,974 meters is the highest mountain in Cuba. The photo was
taken from the newspaper Granma (TQ).

Translated by Jim

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On Your Marks, Get Set…Trump / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 December 2016 – Walking around
the block with a suitcase in hand has been added to the rituals to mark
the end of the year, as a plea to be able to travel outside the country.
Many Cubans fear, however, that the situation is becoming complicated
with the pending arrival of Donald Trump to the White House.

The president-elect of the United States has been so contradictory in
his declarations about Cuba that no one knows what will happen between
the two countries when he is installed in the Oval Office. Cubans on the
island seem less concerned about a possible setback in the diplomatic
thaw, than about the loss of their immigration privileges.

The debate over the repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act, which awards
benefits to migrant Cubans arriving in the United States, could put an
end to the dreams of many in the new year. Foreign consulates in Havana,
especially those of Latin American and European countries, have seen a
surge in visa applications.

"We are overworked," the custodian of the Mexican consulate site in the
Miramar neighborhood told 14ymedio. Outside the building, Roberto, who
prefers not to give his last name, managed to get a temporary visa to
travel to the land of the Aztecs. This Thursday he will fly to Cancun,
the cheapest flight between the two countries. "I'm working against the
clock," he says, while finishing the bureaucratic paperwork before the
journey.

Roberto has a long journey ahead of him, plagued with obstacles and
dangers to reach the US border, but he feels confident. "My brother who
lives in Miami is going to help me and pay for the whole trip," he
explains. "It will be much more expensive, but I have to get there
before January 20th," he says.

Trump's inauguration date has become the goal in a marathon race for
thousands of Cubans. People who in recent months have liquidated their
possessions, managed to get a visa and are preparing to leave.

Most consulates close their doors at the end of December for the
Christmas holidays, an element that contributes to the desperation.

Departures by raft have also increased. The US Coast Guard recently
reported that since last October 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year,
around 1,000 Cubans have tried to enter the US illegally by sea. For
fiscal year 2016, which ended on 30 September, the figure reached 7,411,
compared to 4,473 for the same period in 2015.

With this exceptional winter, without cold and with an ocean free of
hurricanes, many Cubans embark on the route to Florida in makeshift
crafts. Raul Castro's government has redoubled its vigilance along the
coast lately, but the rafters choose to leave from remote places, among
the mangroves or the rocks.

"I don't know if Trump will be good for us or not, but I'm not going to
stay here to find out," says Yusmila Arcina, who worked as an accountant
for a state company until she decided to "make the leap." The young
woman considers herself fortunate, in part, for having obtained a work
visa for the Schengen Area (a free movement zone made up of most of the
EU countries and others in the area). From Europe, where she expects it
will be easier, she hopes to get a tourist visa to travel to the US,
using the old continent as a springboard to realize her "American Dream."

"Yes or no, we have to take advantage now," suggests the young women,
who has no family in the United States. Arcina has paid for the
paperwork and a plane ticket in the high season, which cost her around
2,000 Convertible Cuban pesos (roughly the same in dollars), with the
sale of a mid 20th century Cadillac that belonged to her father. "That
car has been my ticket to freedom," she jokes.

Arcina's boyfriend is stranded in Colombia waiting to take the route
through the Darien Gap. The challenge for both of them is to reach US
territory "before that millionaire gets into office." Both hope "to
watch the inauguration ceremony on local TV in Miami," says Arcina.
Trump has fired the starting gun, and each one, on their own side, has
embarked on their migration journey.

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What the Newspaper 'Granma' Can Change / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 21 December 2016 — The
newspaper Granma announced that as of tomorrow, in Thursday's edition,
it will debut a new design. For the peace of mind of the most orthodox,
the note concludes by warning that "the official organ of the Central
Committee of the Cuban Communist Party is being renewed, but it will
remain the same."

The modifications refer to the alignment of the headlines, more readable
typography, better composition of the front pages and greater prominence
of photographs. According to the paper itself, its new design "is more
compact, more modern, more contemporary, and cleaner."

What is striking is that the intention "to look like current times" will
be limited to the visual aspect. Apparently, the paper will not stop
practicing secrecy, political debate will remain absent, and criticisms
will never be directed towards the highest levels of power. No one will
question the legitimacy of the rulers or the viability of the system.

The change of image will coincide with the date when, 55 years ago, the
end of illiteracy in Cuba was proclaimed, but the directors do not seem
to understand that what its readers require from this press organ is
precisely a change of philosophy, of its essence, in order to leave
behind "the conceptions of the founding era."

Only a profound political illiteracy can come to the conclusion that a
newspaper at the beginning of the 21st century should continue to be
dogmatically governed by such narrow ideological guidelines.

Granma will continue to choose "positive" verbs, adjectives and adverbs
for its national news and will select "negative" ones for the titles
that refer to the rest of the world (excluding its allies). We will have
to continue reading that in Cuba the harvests are growing, the goals are
being exceeded, the programs are advancing without delays, meanwhile
foreign economies are collapsing, unemployment only grows, and the
richest intend to despoil the planet.

"The purpose of this redesign is to compete with ourselves and win,"
confesses Granma in an act of utmost honesty. When an athlete runs alone
on a track she always takes the trophies. It would be another kettle of
fish if at the newsstands the readers could choose among several
publications, if in citizens' homes there were access to the internet
and any digital news source that circulates in the world, without
restrictions or censorship.

However, the notice that something changes is always welcome.

Source: What the Newspaper 'Granma' Can Change / 14ymedio, Reinaldo
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Fantasías loca(l)mente intensas Caibarién, como otros pueblos, ha sido minuciosamente demolido por la revolución Jueves, diciembre 22, 2016 | Pedro Manuel González Reinoso VILLA CLARA, Cuba.- Este mes la Asamblea Nacional se volverá a reunir para dirimir planes grandiosos, sobrecumplimientos sobrecogedores y demás bisuterías típicas de la nación, ya sin la mirada enfadada del gran […] Continue reading
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Biscet: “Le vamos arrebatar a los comunistas todos los espacios públicos” Los integrantes del Proyecto Emilia continúan reuniéndose cada miércoles Jueves, diciembre 22, 2016 | Vladimir Turró Páez LA HABANA, Cuba.- Oscar Elías Biscet, premio a la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad, declaró este miércoles en un acto público en La Habana que “le vamos […] Continue reading
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Eduardo Cardet, coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), fue trasladado el miércoles a una compañía dentro de la prisión de Holguín donde se encontraba desde el pasado 30 de noviembre de forma provisional.

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More Cuban refugees arrive in the Keys
BY DAVID GOODHUE
dgoodhue@keysreporter.com

The steady flow of Cuban refugees to the Keys appears not to be ebbing
this week.

After more than 100 Cuban migrants landed in the island chain between
Sunday, Dec. 11, and this past Sunday, six more arrived in Islamorada on
Tuesday, said U.S. Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Adam Hoffner.

The six men sailed from Cuba on a "rustic vessel," Hoffner said
Wednesday. He did not say where the men came ashore in Islamorada.

On Sunday, Dec. 18, 51 migrants in three separate vessels landed in
different parts of the Keys.

Eight men, one woman and two girls came ashore at mile marker 92.5 mile
oceanside in Tavernier early in the morning. Twenty-two refugees — 20
men and two women — arrived at Naval Air Station Key West's Boca Chica
Field about 7 a.m. One man was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center for
medical treatment.

Eighteen migrants landed Long Beach Road on Big Pine Key around 7:40 a.m.

More than 70 migrants arrived in the Keys between Dec. 11 and 13.

Source: More Cuban refugees arrive in the Keys | Miami Herald -
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