The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples in the province of Granma pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Victory of Playa Girón / ICAP de Granma rinde tributo al aniversario 50 del triunfo de Playa Girón
The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) of the south eastern Cuban province of Granma dedicated April’s fixed cultural activity “The Five will Return” to the 50th anniversary of the victory at Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs).
On this occasion, the activity enjoyed the presence of combatants who participated in this heroic victory in 1961, on the sands of Playa Girón, among them were: Roberto Serguera, Paneque Eugenio Pérez, Juan Collado Rodríguez, José Antonio Almeida Castel, Angel Camejo Carmenate, Orlando Pérez Pérez and relatives of the young Mariano Tamayo who died during the invasion.
Foreign students representing 18 nationalities such as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Kenya, Grenada, Haiti, Barbados, Guinea, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and others, who received scholarships to study at two of the province’s universities were also present, also Sabrina Johnson, editor of Toronto Forum on Cuba, an organization in solidarity with Cuba and with the Cuban Five, and local students, artists and journalists.
The activity became a tribute to those who, in less than 72 hours, carried out the first major defeat of U.S. imperialism, through the cultural interpretations presented by trovadores, the Bayamo Professional Choir and the recital of the iconic poem “The little white shoes”, an allegorical rendition of the event by Jesús Orta Ruiz, Indio Naborí,.
Mario D. Momplaisir, from Haiti and representative of the University of Medical Sciences of Manzanillo’s Solidarity Brigade, stressed the significance of the victory at Playa Girón for Cuba and for the world.
He also pointed out that Cuba would have had a different fate, had it not been for the caliber of men and youth with the decisive and patriotic will, just like that of the Cuban Five Heroes, who fight to defend their people from imperialism’s entrails.
In this context, Humberto Dario Jane, from Mozambique and President of the University of Granma’s Solidarity Brigade, issued a call for global unity for the environment’s conservation and repudiated the atrocious attacks against Libya, a consequence of North America’s ambitions that have also left their mark in Africa and in Latin America (Honduras).
At the end, the combatants of Playa Girón offered their testimony of the events occurred in the Bay of Pigs invasion and the “Combatants of the Cuban Revolution with the Cuban Five Solidarity Committee” was formed.
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