HAVANA (October 7) – Yesterday, October 6, Cubans paid tribute in Havana to the 73 victims of the 1976 terrorist attack against a Cubana de Aviación plane, and demanded justice for the crime.
In the capital’s Colón Cemetery, hundreds of individuals representing the Cuban people marched to the Armed Forces pantheon, where they laid floral wreaths to the victims, among them one sent on behalf of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
Workers, students, parliamentarians, military personnel, athletes and representatives of other sectors of society, accompanied authorities and relatives of the victims on the march, carrying photos of the 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese, and five Koreans who were killed aboard the DC-8 aircraft, blown up over the coast of Barbados.
Fencer Seily Mendoza again denounced the attack of October 6, 1976, planned and executed “by bloodthirsty hands at the service of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).” In a brief statement, the athlete noted that the known intellectual and material authors of the crime, including Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, committed this terrorist act supported by a U.S. policy that continues to be launched against peoples determined to shape their own destiny.
Cuba refuses to forget and reiterates its permanent demand for justice, Mendoza stressed at the act, attended by the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Havana Provincial Committee, Luis Antonio Torres, and other civil and military authorities.
Granma. Prensa Latina photos
This article was first published in October 2014 by TML Weekly and Global Research. It is of particular relevance to an understanding of the ongoing “war on terror” in the Americas and the role of successive US and Canadian governments.