Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The U.S.-organized invasion of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) 50 years ago ratcheted up ongoing hostile actions to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
Criminal actions planned within the United States had included the March 4, 1960 explosion in the port of Havana of the La Coubre, a French ship carrying arms and ammunitions.
Also in the first years of the emerging Revolution, the United States imposed a series of punitive measures on Cuba, including an economic, commercial, and financial blockade.
According to the latest report presented by Cuba at the UN General Assembly on the need to lift the blockade, that measure has caused about 751.36 billion USD in losses to date.
By 1961, the U.S. aggression also included the burning of sugar plantations, but had not yet led to the entry of pirate ships into Cuban waters or human losses in an openly military action.
However, on April 15 of that year, U.S. bombers painted with the emblems of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces attacked three airports: one in San Antonio de los Baños municipality outside Havana, another in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, and a third in the capital itself.
The next day, during a ceremony honoring the victims, the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, declared the socialist character of the Revolution, and warned of an imminent armed attack.
The CIA-trained invaders landed on Giron beach in Matanzas province. They were defeated in less than 72 hours by the recently-created National Revolutionary Militias, the police, and the Rebel Army.
Modificado el ( miércoles, 13 de abril de 2011 )