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Cuban tells of risky trip in search of - freedom'

There are 7 comments on the The Daily Herald story from Dec 8, 2010, titled Cuban tells of risky trip in search of - freedom'. In it, The Daily Herald reports that:

Using his savings of about US $600 and his desire "for freedom," 24-year-old Yuri quit college, left his village in Holguin Province and set out on a risky trip from his native Cuba, his planned final destination the United States of America.

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aGoodCommieIsaDe adCommie

Andover, NJ

#1 Dec 9, 2010
Cuban tells of risky trip in search of ‘freedom’.
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 01:23 .~'I'm happy I'm free now'~
By Judy H. Fitzpatrick and David McGregor
PHILIPSBURG--Using his savings of about US $600 and his desire "for freedom," 24-year-old Yuri quit college, left his village in Holguin Province and set out on a risky trip from his native Cuba, his planned final destination the United States of America.
He and nine other persons left Cuba legally by plane on September 14 and travelled to two other Caribbean nations before being smuggled by boat into St. Maarten on November 14.
St. Maarten was scheduled to be their last stop before they were to be smuggled to their final destination, but their trip was interrupted when they were detained while in a taxi headed to a local hotel. Yuri and the other Cubans who made the risky trip were released from the Philipsburg police station yesterday, Tuesday, after 23 days in detention.
Clad in a blue T-shirt and black jeans and carrying a black backpack, a smiling Yuri said he was happy to be released, though he was still shaken from the detention and from what he said had been years of oppression in Cuba. He gave an insight into his risky trip, his detention and his future goals.
Trip
Yuri, a college student who had been in his final year of studies to become a sports scientist, told The Daily Herald he had been looking for someone who could get him out of Cuba. He met a guy "on the street' and they struck a deal.
The plan to leave Cuba went into motion and on September 14 he flew out legally. He was six years into his studies and said he had to quit and lose his credits to be "given permission" to travel.
He spent six days in St. Lucia before leaving for Dominica where he stayed in the capital Roseau. More than a month later, Yuri and the other immigrants boarded a boat headed to St. Maarten.
"We were 24 hours in the water to come here," he said in his deep Spanish accent. He said the boat trip had been without incident. They arrived in St. Maarten around 7:00pm. "After we got here, we took a taxi and then police came and took us."
Yuri said the group had taken a taxi randomly and had been looking for a hotel to stay when they were nabbed. He condemned the conditions under which they had been detained.
Contending that he didn't know much about the St. Maarten connection and that he did not know who the St. Maarten contact was, he explained that the group had been supposed to leave for the US within two days of arrival here. "I don't know which boat would have taken us [to the US, ed.], maybe another boat, I don't know the person. The person would have contacted us."
There are conflicting reports about the cost of the boat trip, which Yuri said had to be paid upfront. Yuri said he couldn't remember the exact cost, but it must have been around US $600.
However, the wife of one of the detainees, who gave her name as Yulia – the name on a chain she had been wearing – said her husband Alexandre, one of the released Cubans, had paid US $3,000 for his trip. Yulia, a legal United States resident who flew down to St. Maarten after she heard of her husband's detention here, said she and Alexandre had tied the knot five years ago. The two have one child together who lives with Yulia in New Jersey.
Yuri said his family owned a seafood company that sold seafood to tourists who visited their province. The savings he had accumulated were used for his trip.
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aGoodCommieIsaDe adCommie

Andover, NJ

#2 Dec 9, 2010
Cuban tells of risky trip in search of ‘freedom’.
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 01:23 .~'I'm happy I'm free now'~

By Judy H. Fitzpatrick and David McGregor

PHILIPSBURG--Using his savings of about US $600 and his desire "for freedom," 24-year-old Yuri quit college, left his village in Holguin Province and set out on a risky trip from his native Cuba, his planned final destination the United States of America.
He and nine other persons left Cuba legally by plane on September 14 and travelled to two other Caribbean nations before being smuggled by boat into St. Maarten on November 14.
St. Maarten was scheduled to be their last stop before they were to be smuggled to their final destination, but their trip was interrupted when they were detained while in a taxi headed to a local hotel. Yuri and the other Cubans who made the risky trip were released from the Philipsburg police station yesterday, Tuesday, after 23 days in detention.
Clad in a blue T-shirt and black jeans and carrying a black backpack, a smiling Yuri said he was happy to be released, though he was still shaken from the detention and from what he said had been years of oppression in Cuba. He gave an insight into his risky trip, his detention and his future goals.

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aGoodCommieIsaDe adCommie

Andover, NJ

#3 Dec 9, 2010
Trip
Yuri, a college student who had been in his final year of studies to become a sports scientist, told The Daily Herald he had been looking for someone who could get him out of Cuba. He met a guy "on the street' and they struck a deal.
The plan to leave Cuba went into motion and on September 14 he flew out legally. He was six years into his studies and said he had to quit and lose his credits to be "given permission" to travel.
He spent six days in St. Lucia before leaving for Dominica where he stayed in the capital Roseau. More than a month later, Yuri and the other immigrants boarded a boat headed to St. Maarten.
"We were 24 hours in the water to come here," he said in his deep Spanish accent. He said the boat trip had been without incident. They arrived in St. Maarten around 7:00pm. "After we got here, we took a taxi and then police came and took us."
Yuri said the group had taken a taxi randomly and had been looking for a hotel to stay when they were nabbed. He condemned the conditions under which they had been detained.
Contending that he didn't know much about the St. Maarten connection and that he did not know who the St. Maarten contact was, he explained that the group had been supposed to leave for the US within two days of arrival here. "I don't know which boat would have taken us [to the US, ed.], maybe another boat, I don't know the person. The person would have contacted us."
There are conflicting reports about the cost of the boat trip, which Yuri said had to be paid upfront. Yuri said he couldn't remember the exact cost, but it must have been around US $600.
However, the wife of one of the detainees, who gave her name as Yulia – the name on a chain she had been wearing – said her husband Alexandre, one of the released Cubans, had paid US $3,000 for his trip. Yulia, a legal United States resident who flew down to St. Maarten after she heard of her husband's detention here, said she and Alexandre had tied the knot five years ago. The two have one child together who lives with Yulia in New Jersey.
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aGoodCommieIsaDe adCommie

Andover, NJ

#4 Dec 9, 2010
Yuri said his family owned a seafood company that sold seafood to tourists who visited their province. The savings he had accumulated were used for his trip.
Now that he is out of Cuba, Yuri said his intention was to continue his journey to the US. His girlfriend, who resides in the US, most will probably come to St. Maarten and marry him so they can be together in the US. His ultimate goal is to obtain US citizenship so he can return to Cuba and "tell them they can't ... touch me now."

Freedom
Yuri said he had been forced to make the risky trip for his freedom. "In Cuba it's very difficult," he said. "I'm a decent person. I just want to change my life. I just want freedom. Cuba has no freedom."
Yuri, who asked at one point in the interview whether there was freedom of speech in St. Maarten and whether the report would be published in Cuba, said that although he felt "comfortable" in St. Marten, he was still petrified by thoughts of Cuba. "Even as I am talking to you I am afraid. After a long life in Cuba – 24 years living that way in Cuba – you get afraid. It's not easy to change. But I see there's freedom here."
Yuri said that apart from his wanting to be free, he also was eager for the opportunity to help his family, who he said would be "okay."
"It's hard there. It's not easy. It's terrible. It's very difficult to live there because there is no freedom. I want to help my family to have a better life to enjoy freedom so they can do things that they couldn't do now.
"In Cuba you work one month 24x7 for US $10. With that you try to eat. In Cuba you can't stay in the hotels. That's for tourists. They don't give you permission to go into a hotel. If you talk to tourists the police say you're making business with tourists and they charge you: one week in jail and 1,000 (pesos) tax.

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aGoodCommieIsaDe adCommie

Andover, NJ

#5 Dec 9, 2010
"Before, the Cuban people couldn't even visit their own capital. If you are from the countryside and the police find you in the capital they bring you back....They say you are making business and they take you back and charge you.
"My wish is to go to USA and come back when I have American citizenship. When I go back [to Cuba, ed.] I will say to them:'I go with American passport and say you cannot touch me.'"
Yuri said the United States was "the dream country and a country of opportunities."
"I'm happy I'm free now," he said at New Testament Baptist Church where the group, which includes three women, was taken after being released. The Cubans are now in the custody of the Christian Council of Churches and will receive assistance from St. Maarten Red Cross.
Justice Minister Roland Duncan said the Cubans had been released and their requests for asylum would be assessed on an individual basis (see related story).
Although Yuri and the other Cubans are safe, many persons who take the chance to be smuggled by boat into a US territory never make it. On Monday, for example, a motorboat overloaded with more than 25 persons, mostly Haitian immigrants, which it is believed had departed from St. Maarten, encountered difficulties on a reef just off the British Virgin Islands and at least six persons, including two infants, perished.

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mr jenifer

Banjul, Gambia

#6 Jan 5, 2011
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Chris

United States

#7 Jan 5, 2011
mr jenifer wrote:
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TEL +44703182210
Mrs Jenifer Franklyn
Manager
Hell no!! I wouldn't go to Africa even if they paid me in Millions, way too much corruption, government and even customs are corrupted to the core, F@#k no.

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