Both the Government of the USA and the Government of Cuba. I had a demand interview in Manzanillo Granma regarding my posts and writing regarding Cuba . I was also read my rights and potential punishments Si !!!
If may be that they are just monitoring your posts.
WOW!! We now have a famous person on Debbie’s. Are you positive you just weren’t pulled aside because of your numerous visits, or the amount of luggage you carried as a single traveler? We got pulled over last time, but our luggage contained a box the size of a fridge and they wanted an explanation. Didn’t have rights (or wrongs)read or told about possible punishments. That would have been interesting!
Did you write on your declaration card what you were bringing in and they got suspicious?
I also joined the exclusive ranks of those being pulled aside on my last trip. I had a box of Pringles in my carry on and I guess it looked like a bottle on the screen. The officer asked “Cerveza?” pointing to my bag. I took the Pringles out, he gave it a shake and we part our ways with smiles…
We are all monitored with our phones text messages wi-fi free services such a case with Toronto airport that was all over the news. But we have nothing to hide we love to vacation in Cuba and Caribbean if they have something against it they should join us on the next trip and see how beautiful is time on the beach so that they can relax and enjoy a bit too!
I volunteer to be their tour guide!
I was not pulled aside - I was at the Farallon resort and ordered to Manazanillo Immigration at my cost !!!
Wow!!! That sounds pretty heavy-duty stuff. So you had to leave Pilon and get yourself to Manzanillo? Did you have to report to a certain person at an appointed time? Were you worried? I think I would be shaking all over if they called my resort and said, “Get your A$$ over here. We want to talk to you.”
I didn’t even know that they could do that. Has it happened before?
Just by chance there was a tour from the resort to Manzanillo that day. I did not have a clue what the problem was but Michel was only 10 months so I figured it may have to do with him but I was wrong. Everyone was polite but they asked a lot of questions. They did not know that I had a Cuban / Canadian son ??? I had to sign legal papers and I asked for a copy and they said - No.
I must write / post accurately or ::
- Immediate exit from Cuba
- Never allowed into Cuba again
I am slso not allowed to take into Cuba nay printed material.
I forget how old Michel is but I think 8 or 9. So this episode happened many years ago. But you still write about Cuba. When you visit now do you take in any magazines, newspapers, books, etc. I have a lot to learn about Cuba but how can they just confiscate any printed piece of paper that is found in your possession? Did you ever receive a fine (and pay it?)? Does every Canadian biological father get the same treatment? Boy have you got my mind racing with questions.
[quote=@sund0g]When you visit now do you take in any magazines, newspapers, books, etc. I have a lot to learn about Cuba but how can they just confiscate any printed piece of paper that is found in your possession? Does every Canadian biological father get the same treatment? [/quote]1.) Cuba is actually very liberal regarding all types of magazines, books, etc. being imported - so long as nothing is remotely anti-Revolution or pure porn.
2.) As for confiscation… as I said it’s a communist totalitarian police state, they can do whatever they want. Period. No surprise there.
3.) Being a father to a Cuban child has no bearing whatsoever on an official summons for an interview, it’s all about how you’re perceived in the community and in particular the local CDR, Comites de Defensa de la Revolucion. (This comment is not directed towards anyone, it’s just a simple observation.)
Thanks Terry. I know about CDR and I even know one is ‘appointed’ but I didn’t know the details of Cuban regulations. In most towns & cities that I have visited I could see a sign outside a home that had the CDR sign in front. What I didn’t know is that Cuba can confiscate my copy of the Toronto Star if they wanted to. I always wondered about CDN fathers and the generosity they bring with them (and have quite a few misgivings about the mothers) but they seem to sail through with the goodies. Sort of wondering if other CDN fathers go through the same things. But this incident is several years past and just wanted to know if it still happens.
When you are in a foreign country…any foreign country…you play by their rules. If they want to take something away from you, they can. You don’t have “rights” when you are away from home. (h*ll, you don’t have “rights” at home, unless you have the wherewithal to fight for them, and even then…)
I find people are very naive in this area. You may go cross border shopping without incident for years, but if you get on the wrong side of the authorities anywhere, they can ruin your whole day (if not life!).
Ditto eeeefarm. Aduana has zero interest in your Toronto Star and you could enter Cuba 1,000 times and have it confiscated on the 1,001st visit. There are no “rules,” it’s just the way it is. This is no different than almost anywhere in the world.
There is also nothing whatever unique or of special interest to anyone in Cuba about a Canadian born father. The “incident” was utterly immaterial to being a father so “just wanted to know if it still happens” doesn’t make sense. The ONLY time you’d get a summons is when you give officials a reason to be interested in you and there are many, many red flags that can make that happen.
Michel is now 13 and they did not even know about him. It was mostly about my posts on Cuba forums.
[quote=@cubakingone]Michel is now 13 and they did not even know about him. It was mostly about my posts on Cuba forums.
If these forums are being monitored as you claim, they will know about both your children.
When I did the demand interview Michel was only a year old and I had not posted about him. My two children are related vto the late Celia Sanchez and By adoption - Dr. Jose Machado Ventura the past First Vice
President of Cuba