Cuban Hero Rene Gonzalez Recalls Plane Explosion in Barbados


Mexico, Oct 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban antiterrorist fighter and hero Rene Gonzalez, a member of the well known Cuban Five, recalled the explosion of a Cuban plane facing the coasts of Barbados, on October 6, 1976, leaving 73 victims.
In an article published in Mexican newspaper El Universal, Rene Gonzalez talked about other terrorist attacks, just as the one on the fall of 1962 in the city of Havana against a hotel from boats with Miami licenses.

He listed attacks or murders of fishermen in the north of Cuba, attacking coastal villages with the result of innocent citizens killed or mutilated, sabotage against nursery houses putting at risk the life of children, as well as the killing of literacy campaign workers by counter-revolutionary bands.

‘This story, unknown to the rest of the planet, has been nailed, however, in the collective memory of the Cuban people’, said Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five, convicted 16 years ago by alerting Cuba of violent actions by anti-Cuban groups, who were subjected to arbitrary and rigged trials against the Caribbean nation.

The terrorist actions against Cuba have been a constant since January 1st, 1959 , when the Revolution forever rescued the aspirations of sovereignty for the Cuban people, he said. ‘It was that same memory which prompted me without hesitation to the acceptance of the mission that would take me to inform the author of that terrorist act of my early experiences, José Basulto,’ he said.

As one more Cuban citizen, it became a natural duty for me to avoid, by sneaking up on violent groups that are still in common places in Miami, the consummation of such activities, he stressed.

Gonzalez explained in detail the story of the longest trial in the history of the United States, which after being started it would be abrupt and mysteriously covered by the absolute silence of the media corporations ‘.

Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González, Ramón Labañino and René González – this last the author of the article – were arrested in the United States in 1998, when performing activities of prevention of terrorism against Cuba.

Of them, only Rene and Fernando returned to Cuba after serving all of their sentences, but Gerardo, Ramón and Antonio are still in US prisons, although hundreds of personalities in the world are calling for his release, including 10 Nobelists, in addition to organizations of lawyers and parliaments.

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