37 YEARS SINCE THE DOWNING OF CUBANA FLIGHT 455
Families of the
victims demand extradition of Posada Carriles and
freedom for the Five.
THE victims of the crime perpetuated
off the coast of Barbados were honored October 6 in
Havana’s Colón Cemetery, with floral wreaths sent by
the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel
Castro and President Raúl Castro.
Speaking for victims’ families,
friends, colleagues and the Cuban people, Wilfredo
Pérez - son of the pilot at the helm of Cuban Flight
455 on October 6, 1976 – called for the extradition
of Luís Posada Carriles to Venezuela, to be tried
for the crime which he has evaded for 37 years now,
as well as for the release of the Cuban Five,
convicted precisely for struggling against terrorism.
Among the 73 passengers aboard the
aircraft were members of the Cuban national fencing
team which had just won the Central American and
Caribbean Championship held that year in Venezuela.
Thirty-seven years later, the pain
is still visible in the faces of their mothers and
the eyes of their children who grew up without a
parent. The pain is felt by all. Fidel said it
during the victims’ burial, days after the bombing.
"We cannot say that the pain is
shared. The pain is multiplied. Millions of Cubans
cry with the loved ones of the victims of this
abominable crime. And when a forceful and powerful
people cries, injustice trembles!"
The procession and ceremony were led
by Esteban Lazo Hernández, president of the National
Assembly of People’s Power and Lázara Mercedes López
Acea, vice president of the Councils of State and
secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Havana
Also present were Hero of the
Republic René González, families of the Cuban Five
imprisoned in the United States, members of the
diplomatic corps, families of the victims, sports
figures and workers from the Cuban Civil Aeronautics