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