[Marxism] Protest in Miraflores

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 2 05:41:27 MDT 2019

On 4/2/19 12:39 AM, John Edmundson via Marxism wrote:
> Without the sanctions, but with Maduro and all his faults, do you think
> Venezuelans would be leaving in such numbers for a better life in Colombia?

The images of the Cuban exodus are unforgettable.

1980: Shrimp boats jammed with refugees sailing from Mariel to Key West. 
In five months, 125,266 arrived in a tumultuous exodus that forever 
changed Cuba and South Florida.

1994: Flimsy rafts of wood and inner tubes overloaded with Cubans float 
in the Florida Straits. After dramatic U.S. Coast Guard rescues, and 
months in limbo at dusty camps in the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, 
35,000 settled in Dade County.

Twice in two decades, Cuban leader Fidel Castro opened wide the gates to 
his island and allowed disaffected Cubans to leave en masse for the 
United States. But the floodgates were never really closed throughout 
his decades in power.


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