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U.S. Coast Guard: Cuban Refugees Drink Bleach, Jump Overboard When Caught

U.S. Coast Guard: Cuban Refugees Drink Bleach, Jump Overboard When Caught

By Frances Martel for Breitbart 

Cuban refugees caught before landing on American soil jumped off Coast Guard vessels, drank bleach, and capsized their own makeshift vessels in attempts to avoid being sent back to the communist regime in Havana, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed to Breitbart News Thursday.

In a news blurb Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that Coast Guard officials have documented “more hostility” among Cuban refugees attempting the perilous voyage from Cuba to Florida. While the AP headlinetouted that the refugees had become increasingly violent, the examples it provides are exclusively of incidents of self-harm: “more are jumping overboard, trying to poison themselves or suffering self-inflicted wounds in attempts to be taken to U.S. shore.”

Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District spokesman, has confirmed to Breitbart News that there have been incidents of violence, both among the refugees themselves and directed at Coast Guard officers, issuing a list of recent incidents involving machetes, Molotov cocktails, oars, and bleach.

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