Paris, Apr 18 - The France Cuba association today highlighted the heroism of Cubans in defense of their Revolution in April 1961, when they defeated a mercenary invasion organized by the United States in less than 72 hours.
In a letter sent to the Cuban ambassador to France, Elio Rodríguez, the association with six decades of solidarity work recalled the victory in the sands of Playa Girón over the aggressors and affirmed that the site of the triumph and those days occupy an important place in history.
Although Washington does not seriously consider a new invasion, they continue their hostility and their attempts to subdue the island, a people whom we fraternally accompany with pride in their difficult struggle, he stressed.
According to the association, if in those days the Cubans had given in, driven by fear and terrified of shrapnel and cannon fire, the aggression would have been successful and Cuba would not be Cuba today, at least the one we love and honor us with its friendship.
In this regard, he recalled passages from the fighting and the decision of the humble people of the western area of the Ciénaga de Zapata to defend their homeland with a machete, a rifle or anything else.
When visiting that place, it is common to find people commenting on what happened in April 1961, the bombings of American B-26 planes painted with Cuban insignia, the warships that darkened the horizon in Playa Larga and Playa Girón or the arrival from Fidel Castro to the theater of operations, he pointed out.
They also say - France Cuba stated in the letter - that the invaders were traitorous Cubans and that after their defeat and surrender, they were exchanged for food and medicine.
The solidarity organization paid tribute to the dozens of fatalities, between the military and civilians, of the aggression orchestrated by the United States, which it described as loses in the field of honor. (PL) (Photo: File)