Cubans throw rocks at detention centre security

| 25/04/2014

(CNS): A group of thirty Cuban migrants currently detained at the Immigration detention centre in Fairbanks, George Town escaped Friday morning by jumping over the fence and throwing rocks at the guards as they fled. Officials confirmed that most of the men who broke out at around 8:20am were recaptured, but at lunchtime three men remained at large. It is understood that as the men threw rocks at both the security staff and their dogs one guard was hit by one of the missiles but he was not injured. There have been several escapes from the centre in recent weeks which is patrolled by private security and not law enforcement officials.

The centre hadbeen housing dozens of Cubans recently as a result of a surge in numbers of migrants forced to land in the last few weeks. Although some 32 were deported over the last two weeks, the thirty men, most of whom had arrived this month, are still awaiting processing.

Following a number of recent escape since the beginning of the year most of the men were recaptured but Yasmany Gonzalez Rodriguez, is still on the run and officials believe he is still in the Cayman Islands being harboured with support of residents here which the authorities have ben quick to emphasise is a crime.

Although there appears to be no specific reason for the increase in the the number of migrants passing and then often having to disembark in Cayman the problems at the detention centre are down to the increase in the amount of time it is taking to process and deport the migrants.

This appears to be as a result, officials have stated, of the time it is taking for the Cuban authorities to clear the repatriations and communicate that to the British Embassy in Havana and then relay the information to the Cayman authorities.


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  1. MEM says:

    Actually I should be quite interested in knowing the conditions these people are held under, I am sure it is better than home. But they are not necessarily criminals in this country, I can guess though that the officers holding them command them about and treat them as criminals. I do believe there are other reasonable ways of handling these situations, but the rock-throwing thing is unnacceptable…

  2. Tickle My Pickle says:

    Maybe a whole in the ground like in the last Batman film would be appropriate.

  3. Anonymous says:

    They were better armed than the RCIPS..

  4. Anonymous says:

    I say give them a little food & water & send them on there way to Honduras, it’s cheaper on our pockets & after all that was there mission! Gt voter

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, truly.  Cayman is on the wrong side of history on this, and our stance has been for decades.  Our national policy is perpetuated by cigar smoking, communist philandering politicians that seek "good ties" with oppressive regimes, human rights violators, and illicit business partners.  There is no other evidence that can refute the most obvious facts and reality.  It would be refreshing for the LA and Cabinet to attempt to prove there is some legitimacy or merit to current policy, other than some perceived value to the Cayman Airways-Havana route.  WB voter.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How Ungrateful! Then when we turn them all away – you never hear the end of it. Just how is an island this size supposed to afford and accommodate every single person that decides to jump in a raft and runs into trouble. Keep your drama in your backyard then and leave Cayman and her people alone then! Cha!

  6. Anonymous says:

    They should be held on the Brac.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Time to provide the security guards with batons, pepper-spray, tazers and some big dogs. If those clowns tried this with security officers back home in Cuba they'd be shot.


  8. Anonymous says:

    Something to consider?             We seem to constantly be struggling with the situation of Cuban refugees, their care and safety, there may be a much better solution. Despite what we think of Cuba, our neighbor to the North, they are one of the best educated countries in the Western Hemisphere. Have them individually interviewed and once their educational and skill levels have been assesssed, evaluate if there is a Legal and Humanitarian way of having them teach some our unskilled people while they are here. One other area where we have great need here is finding teachers in our schools, are any of them teachers by profession? If this can be done, then we will reduce the incidence of  break-outs and costs associated with recapture, injuries etc. When people are made to feel like they are contributing, they are less likely to create problems. in any event," The mind is a terrible thing to Waste"

  9. Anonymous says:

    Then send them all home.  That is unacceptable.  Why do they think they can come here and harm our residents?

    • anonymous says:

      Maybe, it is because they genuinely do not want to be here.

      You may be surprised to find that not everyone in the world, even this crowd, wants to move here.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If Caymanians threw rocks they would be charged with a crime.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, no they don't.  Bodden Towners throw rocks the windshields of "noisy cars" and CNS readers think that's an acceptable response.

  11. Anonymous says:

    at this point, it should be blatantly obvious someone is not doing their job and needs to get fired.

  12. Anonymous says:

    and they keep getting away…why are we paying a private company and THEY CAN"T STOP THEM!!! The cubans have been getting away for years and still we keep the same private security guarding them and allowing them to escape…when one of these cubans hurts the general public who will be held accountable???

  13. Anonymous says:

    While my heart bleeds for the state of affairs in Cuba, the situation with our detention center and processing of the refugees is completely out of control. It's only a matter of time before a civillian is injured by one of these desperate refugee escapees. We obviously don't have the means to assist or process them all so I think we need to start turning them away; meaning under no circumstances man woman or child should be allowed onto our shores. 

    They know the risks involved when they board their make shift rafts.

    • Anonymous says:

      We have abundant means to assist, there is just no Will, and a Cayman Airways GCM-HAV route.