Havana, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary National Militias, created by the Cuban people in 1959, played a key role in defeating the invaders that the United States sent 50 years ago to Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), in the western province of Matanzas.
The popular organization was created on October 26, 1959, and its objective was to defend the island from U.S. threats of military aggressions, and protect civil targets from terror actions.
The Cuban people remember that two years later, on April 15, 1961, U.S. planes bearing Cuban emblems bombed the San Antonio de los Baños and Ciudad Libertad Airports, in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, respectively.
During the national act of mourning, the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, proclaimed the socialist character of the process started on January 1, 1959 and that historic decision was supported by thousands of militia members holding up their rifles.
The Revolutionary National Militia, along with what was the Rebel Army at the time and the National Police, were the first to contain the advance of the invading contingent, which was heavily armed and backed by air and sea forces.
The Cuban peole expelled the invaders in less than 72 hours, dealing the first major defeat to the United States in Latin America.
Modificado el viernes, 25 de febrero de 2011.