The lives of 73 innocent civilians were honored today in an act to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Cubana de Aviación tragedy of October 6th, 1976, in which an entire Cuban airliner was bombed mid-air by counterrevolutionary terrorist agents of the CIA.
The Cubana Monument in Paynes Bay, St James, Barbados was once again the site of a ceremony held by the governments of Barbados and Cuba, with the participation and solidarity of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and members of the Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Brigade in Barbados, among other speakers and attendees.
Keynote speaker, Ambassador David Comissiong, in representation of the Government of Barbados, criticized such terrorist actions, demanded justice, and called for an end to all unilateral coercive measures by the U.S. against both Cuba and Venezuela.
At the end of the event, Ambassador Comissiong, Cuban Ambassador Jorge Pastrana and Venezuelan Charge D’Affaires, Alvaro Sanchez Cordero, laid a wreath at the foot of the Cubana Monument.
In addition to the aforementioned ambassadors, other speakers and artists included: Barbados Cultural Ambassador and calypsonian the Mighty Gabby; Barbadian poets Sonia Williams and Winston Farrell; the Secretary General of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration David Denny and Federico Weeks, in representation of Cubans Residents’ in Barbados.
Athletes, students and youth from Cuba, Guyana and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea made up a great part of the victims of the terror attack, masterminded by Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, both of whom were harbored by the U.S. government.
Photos courtesy of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Barbados.