By Travis Cartwright-Carroll
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Consulate in Miami was put on alert on Thursday after a threat was made against it, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said.
“The Bahamas consul general in Miami was informed today by the United States Diplomatic Protection Service of a specific threat by a specific individual on Facebook against the consulate in Miami, which has necessitated additional layers of security at the consulate,” Mitchell said in a statement.
When contacted for further comment, he said he understood that someone threatened to storm into the consulate. He said it was unclear what they wanted to do.
“Bahamians in Miami are further advised to exercise reasonable caution during this period in Miami,” his statement read.
“The Bahamas has filed a formal note with the United States State Department over these matters.
“Additional measures are also being taken with regard to the security of all Bahamian interests in the South Florida area given this latest information.”
Miami-based protesters from Democracy Movement have been protesting outside the consulate for weeks, claiming that Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre have been abused.
The Bahamas government has strongly denied the assertion.
Ramon Sanchez, a representative of the group, said they had nothing to do with the threat.
“That has nothing to do with us,” said Sanchez as the group demonstrated outside the consulate on Thursday.
“We demand that the authorities investigate and prosecute [the person who would do] something like that.
“We are a peaceful people. We may be passionate, but we’re not violent.”
Despite the threat, the consulate remained open on Thursday.
When The Nassau Guardian contacted the office an employee said no one there was authorized to comment on the issue, but noted that “everyone was having a lovely day”.
The demonstrations in Miami reignited after Mitchell confirmed that Cuba had agreed to accept some of the Cuban detainees in The Bahamas.
Director of Immigration William Pratt said the repatriation of 24 Cubans was postponed on Thursday due to inclement weather.
The group included two Cuban detainees who were being held at the prison.
Pratt said, weather permitting, the group would be repatriated on Friday.
Democracy Movement strongly rejects Cuban migrants being sent back to Cuba, Sanchez said.
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian