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USCG warns Floridians not to send relief supplies to Cuba by sea

Cuban exiles rally at Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood in support of protesters in Cuba, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Miami. Sunday’s protests in Cuba marked some of the biggest displays of antigovernment sentiment in the tightly controlled country in years. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

The United States Coast Guard is warning Floridians not to send relief supplies to Cuba by sea amid some of the largest anti-Communist protests in decades.
Some Cuban-Americans living in South Florida have been collecting supplies for a boat trip to the island, but the Coast Guard said yesterday the trip is too dangerous.
It says nearly 20 lives have been tragically lost in recent weeks as a result of these dangerous voyages.

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A anti-government protesters march in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators went out to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest against ongoing food shortages and high prices of foodstuffs. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

They add it’s illegal for unpermitted vessels to make the trip from Florida and Cuba, and it’s monitoring the Florida Straits for any illegal activity.

The communist Cuban government is restricted internet connectivity, and protestors grievances include economic collapse and the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.