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Thirty years ago…

This year marks the 30th anniversary of what has come to be known as "The Mariel Boatlift." Starting in late April, 1980, hundreds of boats piloted mostly by Cuban exiles sailed south to Cuba's Mariel harbor to rescue relatives from the island prison. By the time the exodus came to an end a few months later, approximately 125,000 Cubans had managed to make it to the United States.

The atmosphere during and after the exodus was at the same time exhilarating and tumultuous, as this news report from 1980 clearly illustrates.

Each one of those 125,000 Mariel refugees and the relatives any of them may have had here have their own individual stories to tell. There is no monolithic tale of the experience endured by all of these Cubans and their families except to say that 30 years later, the same thing would happen again if the slave masters in Havana allowed it.

2 comments to Thirty years ago…

  • Rob

    Is there a negative aspect to Mariel in the Cuban community since Castro used it as a cruel and cynical opportunity to empty prisons and aylums into Miami and the US along with releasing thousands of good and decent people who endured attacks from the Castro criminals as well as common criminals.
    It seems like Jimmy Carter got played by every dictator in the world in 1980.

  • marc in calgary

    In the video, the Tv reporter "on the scene" asks a woman exiting a church because of a phoned in bomb threat if the caller had an accent. The kind of thing no reporter is allowed to ask now... pc and all...