Here’s a Canadian-in-trouble story from Cuba with a special twist.
A good samaritan goes to Castrogonia to distribute goods to hurricane victims and he is arrested by Castronoid goons.
Need one ask that question?
Okay, well, Mildred, if you insist, here is his crime: he was doling out relief to Cubans directly, which means that he was bypassing the greedy hands of Castro, Inc.
Yes, Mildred, you’ve got it, yes: he wasn’t giving Castro, Inc. its cut of the goods he had brought in.
Worse than that, he was making Castro, Inc. look bad. The Castro Corporation, after all, is supposed to be the sole distributor of everything, absolutely everything.
Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Cloutier… Comment aimez-vous votre récompense?
Loosely translated from Marti Noticias
Carl-Michel Cloutier was detained, interrogated for four hours, stripped of his camera and cell phone, threatened with imprisonment and detained on the island after distributing clothes, toys and canned goods in the coastal town of Isabela de Sagua.
This Quebecer who went to Cuba to distribute donations collected in Canada to the victims of Hurricane Irma on the island told La Presse that he suffered “a calvary” at the hands of the Cuban authorities.
Carl-Michel Cloutier, a frequent traveler to Cuba and married to a Cuban woman, was detained, interrogated for four hours, stripped of his camera and cell phone, threatened with imprisonment and detained on the island. “I thought I was going to end up in jail,” he said.
However, the good Samaritan had informed the Cuban Embassy in Canada of the purpose of his trip, because he wanted his cargo to be duty free when he arrived in Havana on 21 September.
The Consul of Cuba in Montreal, Mara Bilbao Diaz, had not promised him anything about it. But he had provided a document for the customs authorities, stating that he carried 15 bags of 25 kg each, containing “a consignment of donations of second hand clothes, toys and canned food for the victims of Hurricane Irma in the town of Isabela de Sagua, in the province of Villa Clara “.
Carl-Michel Cloutier finally arrived with 19 suitcases full of supplies to distribute, but he was able to enter the country with only nine of them, accompanied by his mother-in-law and his friend Patrick Ménard, after paying 100 pesos convertible into customs duties. The other 10 suitcases were left at the airport.
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