The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration confirms
that a peaceful, but noisy
demonstration occurred today in Miami outside the
Ingraham Building, home of the Bahamas Consulate.
Using loud speakers and placards, eight demonstrators
demanded better treatment for four female Cuban Nationals detained at
the Carmichael Road Detention Center. The protest lasted two hours,
from 11am to around 1pm in the afternoon. There were no physical attacks
on the building housing the Bahamas Consulate or on its staff; all are
Three of the Cuban Nationals were turned over to Bahamian
authorities after being intercepted by the United States Coast Guard
in October 2012 and the fourth female was arrested and detained for
over staying her allotted time in The Bahamas.
None of the four Cuban detainees qualify for refugee
status under international law, therefore in these circumstances the
normal course of action is repatriation to their home country.
Bahamas Government on the Miami Protests