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Travel Agency Destroyed, Owner Suspects It Was Firebombed For Booking Trips to Cuba

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A Coral Gables travel agency exploded into flames early this morning. Police dogs detected accelerant inside the burnt out building, according to Channel 10 News. And the agency's owner says she suspects it was firebombed in retaliation for booking flights to Cuba.

"It's not that it's burned. It's pulverized," Airline Broker owner Vivian Mannerud told Channel 10. "All I know is that I have never seen a fire do pulverize things. I've seen it in pictures of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima."

"I just did the big papal visit," she said. "That put me in the news a lot, and that's the only other thing that's happening."

Mannerud said that she is convinced her store was targeted because of the flights she frequently books to Cuba.

If true, it wouldn't be the first time that someone lashed out at those fostering travel to the communist-run country. When Pope John Paul II visited the island in 1998, even the Archdiocese of Miami received bomb threats. In the late '80s, firebombings frequently targeted those seen as sympathetic to the Castro regime.

The fire in Coral Gables occurred at around 3 a.m. this morning. According to Channel 10, FBI agents were also on the scene to investigate the possible arson.

The apparent attack comes as Florida governor Rick Scott is promising to sign controversial legislation that would ban state and local governments from hiring any company with business ties to Cuba and Syria. Scott will sign the bill on Tuesday, he told Radio Mambi earlier today.

"As we all know, the record of the Castro and Assad governments are undeniably repressive," Scott told radio host Ninoska Pérez Castellón. "I'm going to sign legislation that protects Florida taxpayers from unintentionally supporting dictatorships that commit such despicable acts."

Miami-Dade Republicans had pushed the measure despite objections from the Florida Chamber of Commerce that the law would discourage foreign investment in Florida.

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17 comments
Ncc-1138
Ncc-1138

Some people might call this an act of terrorism...

michael wind
michael wind

please its a cuban tragedia the new drama on new cuban tv featuring cuban sandwich,caffe con lechee everyone must the speake de speanglish,there will be episodes of wild cuban religion with sacrificing of the chicken cooked in greese,horse meat burgers,and quest apperance by corrupt public officials and rogue police,sure there will be some extortion by code compliance and local cuban ladies with mustache and machete,conio everybody will be there........

Juan Andres Morales
Juan Andres Morales

The Cuban Exile Community is one of the most powerful sources of terrorism in the hemisphere. They've been attacking Cuba and attempting to murder Fidel Castro for a half century.

For the same period of time they have been imposing themselves on Miamians, limiting out freedom of speech through their cowardly attacks on local socialists. But that is going to end soon. Whenever you see a Cuban protesting YOUR freedom of speech, call them out. Whenever you pass by Versailles, yell it loud and clear: We don't want terrorists in our city GET THE FUCK OUT!

Geo
Geo

Call it what it is. Cuban American Terrorists.

Easily bribed
Easily bribed

Americans would never allow a dictator to take over. Castro in charge for 50 years? But Cubans only know corruption. Look at Cubans Carlos Alvarez and Manny Diaz? Look what Cubans did to Hialeah?

Com E Mierda
Com E Mierda

Why doesn't Scott do the same for China?

Cubans ruined Miami
Cubans ruined Miami

Cubans have let Fidel Castro and his brother control Cuba because all they know is corruption. Look what they did to Miami?

Cuban cowards
Cuban cowards

Cubans are cowards. Why hasn't a Cuban killed Fidel Castro? Why do Cubans harass and firebomb Americans? If a Cuban had any courage Castro would be dead instead of laughing at all the Cubans stealing from the taxpayers in Miami.

Manrodriguez1964
Manrodriguez1964

 Your envy  spew's right out of  your mouth and ears, don't it.

Manrodriguez1964
Manrodriguez1964

 Tira flecha it's great that you and your kind envy dearly the success of the Cuban Americans.

Proud Red
Proud Red

Another brain dead bigot. Plenty of corrupt Anglo politicians and developers in Miami, but don't let that get in the way of your racism.

Jorge
Jorge

Why don't you come to Calle Ocho and say that to our faces if you mean it?

Colombian
Colombian

AMEN BROTHER!!!! All they do is talk shit about that corpse in Cuba and NEVER did anything about it. They are bigger pussies - which is not much to say - that the Venezuelans who at least tried to overthrow that overgrown sack of shit of theirs

Manrodriguez1964
Manrodriguez1964

 These clowns that are bashing Cubans are not even close to being Anglo's, guess again, does tira flechas ring a bell.

Manrodriguez1964
Manrodriguez1964

 Hey Tanto, you left you left your bow and arrow in your jungle.

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