This Thursday the people of Cuba paid tribute to 73 victims of the crime staged in Barbados
Forty years later, justice has not been done yet. That lethal attack against the Cuban airplane, blown up despicably off the coast of Barbados on October 6, 1976 remains unpunished. This Thursday the people paid tribute to the 73 people who died in that attack and to the victims of state terrorism in our country.
In the cultural-political act, staged at Lázaro Peña Theater, presided over by member of the politburo and first Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the calm and steady voice of Wilfredo Pérez Rodríguez, who lost his father in the Crime of Barbados was heard again.
He is not asking for revenge; he is asking for justice. He knows that the CIA is behind those bombs, as well as the terrorist hands of Luis Clemente Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch. About the former Wilfredo recalled that Posada is an affront for Latin America: he wrote pages of grief in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and El Salvador, but continues to live with impunity in the United States.
The first UJC Secretary Susely Morfa González recalled Fidel when in the mourning for the victims he accused the CIA of having masterminded the crime. Also the young leader said that if they could not overthrow the Revolution before with bombs, they will not do it now with schemes or subversive programs.
The gala – which brought together singers Tomasita Quiala, Ivette Letuset and Mayito Rivera among others – was attended by political leaders from our country, ambassadors of Venezuela, Korea, Guyana and Barbados, as well as the Cuban Five.
Shining through the years are the photos of 73 victims (57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese and 5 Koreans). On the plane were all the gold medals won in the Central American Championship of Fencing.
The Ocean swallowed the medals, but not the glory of young athletes who continue to be an inspiration for Cuban sports.
In the act staged at Cerro Pelado Higher School for Athletes, Yoandry Iriarte, the only fencer who represented Cuba in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro, stressed that the best tribute is to work harder every day to follow the example.
This Thursday morning the traditional pilgrimage to the Colón cemetery took place and floral tributes were placed in the name of Fidel and Raúl in the act staged at the Revolutionary Armed Force mausoleum.
There, Hero of the Republic of Cuba Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, recalled that for every terrorist trying to plunge the country into mourning there will be thousands of Cubans willing to avoid such a pain.