The Most Symbolic Flight

It was not easy to bear the idea that 73 lives were cut short in the explosion, on October 6, 1976, when the CU-455 aircraft that was bringing so many sporting joys to their homeland, one of the most heinous acts committed by state terrorism against Cuba

By: Susana Gomes Bugallo

Email: digital@juventudrebelde.cu

2015-10-07 | 14:12:46 EST
"A terrorist bomb, a murderous bomb, like all bombs, made that plane become a symbol; a symbol of the crime and the blockade, but that plane raised in the sky the virility of a people in the midst of tears and anger, in pain at the affront," Photo: Raúl PupoZoom
Perhaps October 6 is one of the most sacred dates for Cuba. While each day has its history, this morning 39 years ago was different. Because, the CU-455 aircraft fell victim to one of the most heinous acts committed by state terrorism against Cuba.

For the generation that grew up remembering the pain of others the impact is never as strong as when conversing with someone who lived through those days of distress in the country throbbing with indignation. It was nothing less. It was not easy to bear the idea that 73 lives were cut short in the explosion of the plane that was bringing so many sporting joys to their homeland.

And as this day unites many symbols, the message sent, this time from the freedom, by our Cuban Five anti-terrorist fighters to the act that takes place every October 6th in the Pantheon of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Cemetery of Columbus, came in the voice of 17 year old Nile Jorge Reyes Prats, the grandson of Silvia Marta Pereira, who worked as an international flight attendant.

"A terrorist bomb, a murderous bomb, like all bombs, made that plane become a symbol; a symbol of the crime and the blockade, but that plane raised in the sky the virility of a people in the midst of tears and anger, in pain at the affront," said the Five from Bolivia, a country they are visiting these days, invited by President Evo Morales.

Wreaths were sent by the historic leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz; President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raul Castro Ruz; the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation, the Cubana Aviation Agency, the Association of Combatants, among others. There was also one that symbolized the love of the Cuban people.

And among the three generations of Cubans who grew up marked by this story, Thalia Gattorno Espinosa, granddaughter of co-pilot Miguel Espinosa, at 12 years old, spoke in the morning to remember the shamelessness of the perpetrator, the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, living with the same calmness and impunity of those who have done good.

With the character of the new voices, the girl joined the endless struggle for justice for our list of 3,478 Cuban deceased and the 2,099 injuries and disabilities suffered by the terrorist acts made against this archipelago, with the explicit support of the US administrations.

She stressed that this is the list that we defend, and that we do not believe in others like that of terrorist countries which they dared put Cuba on, as a dirty affront. For the historical justice that we never tire of demanding, on May 29 this nation was finally excluded from that list. Similarly one day justice will fall on those who tried to thwart a flight impossible to impede: that taken to eternity.

Translated by ESTI

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