The View From Cojimar

In central Havana last week, all ferry passengers were being searched with metal detectors. Security and vigilance have been heightened in the weeks since three harbor ferries were hijacked by Cubans hoping to reach Florida. Police and civilian militia patrolled the docks, and all around the bay shipping companies had taken on armed guards to keep their vessels from being stolen. At Hemingway Marina, which plays host to the annual Hemingway deep-sea fishing tournament, the tourist boats were under guard by police.

Elsewhere, however, the government let its guard down. On beaches and in port towns up and down the Cuban...

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