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Thursday, October 6, 2011
1976: Terror Off the Coasts of Barbados
By Dai Lien Lafá Armenteros/ ACN
One continues to feel indignation after 35 years of listening to the recordings of the pilot´s voice of the Cubana airliner that exploded in midair off the coasts of Barbados.
The pilot and co pilot´s last attempt to return to Seawell airport and save the passengers after explosions were fruitless. The explosions were too strong and damaging.
The terrorist act that ended the lives of 73 passengers on Cubana Flight 455 that October 6th, 1976, crippled the future not only of those that witnessed the tragedy, but also the children, wives, husbands, sisters and brothers and grandparents of those that survived.
The Cuban families were mourning in addition to the international community for the loss of innocent people.
This criminal action was perpetrated by mercenaries at the service of the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. The assassin hands of Venezuelan Hernan Ricardo and Freddy Lugo placed the explosives on the aircraft and later abandoned the area.
Other sinister minds conceived the plan in details: Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch.
These and other responsible people continued up until today their aggressive action against the Cuban Revolution in direct contact with successive US governments, CIA and extreme right wing elements in Miami.
Central and South America was the center of operations and general headquarters of countless number of terrorist actions that hurt Cuba and the continent. After the operation, Hernan Ricardo told his bosses: “The aircraft with 73 dogs on board has fallen”.
Posada Carriles and the late Orlando Bosch, confessed authors of the terrorist act in 1976 have always boasted over their participation and enjoy with total impunity the support of their accomplice from the US.
Freddy Lugo, after serving 17 of the 20 years told the New York Times that he was “a pawn in the machinery of the Cuban exiles”.
Venezuelan journalist Alicia Herrera, author of the book on the terrorist action, whose testimonies are valid today, left written proof for the future. A phrase said by Posada Carriles shows the the arrogance and lack of humanism of those that were guilty of such a horrendous crime: “Pusimos la bomba. Y qué?”, We Placed the Bomb. So what?, said Posada Carriles during an interview with Venezuelan journalist Alicia Herrera while he was in a Caracas prison.