The real owners of Cuba’s Havana Harbor is not the Castro dictatorship

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A photo shows Behn’s grandfather seated at a table in his office with soldiers holding guns in one hand and bottles of Coca-Cola in the other. Behn says the photo was taken Nov. 21, 1960.

When the Castro dictatorship came into power in 1959, they began the wholesale theft of everything in Cuba. And by everything, I mean everything. The Castro dictatorship not only stole homes, farms, businesses, factories, and property without paying a penny in compensation, they also stole the dignity, the sovereignty, the history, and the liberty of the Cuban people.

Nothing in Cuba belongs to the Castro dictatorship and that includes Havana Harbor, the cruise ship port being used by cruise lines to bring tourists to apartheid Cuba. The port actually belongs to an American family who had it stolen from them at gunpoint by Fidel Castro and his merry band of thieves. All the cruise lines that are using Havana’s cruise port are in effect trafficking in stolen property.

And this is not some “crazy, hard line Miami Cuban exiles” saying this, but the U.S. government.

An excellent report by Paul Guzzo in the Tampa Bay Times:

The federal government says this man rightfully owns Havana’s cruise port

The United States government knows him as certified foreign claim number CU-2492. But he wants to make a more personal introduction to Tampa Bay.

He is Mickael Behn, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen residing in England, where he works in television production.

And, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Behn is the rightful owner of Havana Harbor, the cruise ship terminal for Cuba’s capital city.

The harbor was taken from Behn’s family when the socialist government nationalized property without compensation.

So, Behn said, those who book a cruise from Port Tampa Bay to Havana support illegal activity. “This is an American crime on an American corporation,” he said. “Don’t go to Havana.”

The nonprofit Cuban Democratic Directorate recently put up billboards near Port Miami and is running radio ads that say those booking cruises to Cuba support the trafficking of stolen property.

Within the next few months, Behn hopes, the same strategy will be employed in Tampa.

“These are stolen goods,” said Rafael Pizano, the directorate’s Tampa representative. “It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. It’s still the same regime and same people in power who took his family’s property.”

Behn’s great-grandfather Sosthenes Behn, founder of International Telephone & Telegraph, purchased the Havana land and built docks there in 1920. The property was passed on to Behn’s grandfather William Behn in the 1940s but nationalized on Nov. 21, 1960.

“The docks were confiscated by the Castro regime literally at gunpoint,” said Orlando Gutierrez, co-founder of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

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2 thoughts on “The real owners of Cuba’s Havana Harbor is not the Castro dictatorship”

  1. If the photo is from late 1960, nearly two years after the end of the “guerrilla” phase, why would the thugs, I mean revolutionaries, still be wearing military fatigues and carrying guns to visit a private civilian office, and why would they look greasy and unkempt, as if they hadn’t bathed for weeks or longer? Could it be, oh, I don’t know, to intimidate, since their business there was glorified robbery? Could it also be because they were marginal lowlifes who saw and used the “revolution” as a way to obtain positions they could never have reached based on merit? Damn right, and their name was legion. Lord, the revulsion.

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