Convened jointly by the Embassy of Cuba and the Government of Barbados, the 43rd Anniversary of the horrendous crime was remembered in Paynes Bay, site of the Monument with the participation of representatives of the Government of Barbados, of the Diplomatic Corps of the affected countries, of Cuban collaborators, of the Solidarity Movement with Cuba and of the Association of Cubans in Barbados.
On Sunday, October 6, as every year, those who convene gathered at the site of the Monument to the Victims of the bombing of the Cubana flight, off the coast of Paynes Bay, where the plane rushed to the sea, to pay tribute to the fallen . On behalf of the Government of Barbados, the Minister of Environment and National Beautification of Barbados, the Honorable Trevor Prescod, the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM and AEC, David Comissiong, the Director of CARICOM of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sandra Gittens and the diplomatic official Corey Archer For the diplomatic corps were the Charge d'Affaires of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Álvaro Sánchez Cordero, and the staff of the diplomatic representation in Bridgetown. Guyana attended by the Consul General, Cita Pilgrim, who was accompanied by Mrs. Adele Williams / Seawell, sister of one of the Guyanese victims, the student of medical scholarship in Cuba Jacqueline Williams, who was murdered with just 18 years that 6 October 1976
On behalf of the Cubans residing in Barbados, the first speech was by Hugo Martínez, who recalled how it has become an inescapable duty of every Cuban who is in Barbados, to attend the place on this date, to pay homage to the fallen. He evoked the pain that always caused the impunity enjoyed by the guilty and their disgusting boast of the criminal act, which he described as the one that may have hurt the people of Cuba the most.
THE EMOTIVE WORDS OF MRS. ADELE WILLIAMS, SISTER OF A GUYANESE VICTIM OF THE BOMBING.
Then Mrs. Adele Williams spoke, giving a meaningful personal discourse about what that horrible action represented for her family. The way in which parents, siblings, study colleagues and a whole town suffered that horrible attack and its long consequences that continue today without receiving adequate attention or recognition from the guilty.
THE BARBADOS AMBASSADOR TO CARICOM TAKES THE FLOOR.
Then the Ambassador of Barbados to CARICOM, David Comissiong, recalled other times when these victims were honored, denounced how this horrible crime is just one more in the chain of terrorist attacks and blows that Cuba has suffered throughout the years for the excessive aggression by successive governments of the United States, and how only after two years of the Barrack Obama government deciding to end a policy of aggression that had not paid more fruit than to make the Cuban people suffer, Donald Trump's government escalated to an unacceptable limit the criminal blockade of Cuba, its people and raised new attacks against its economy and its dignity. He highlighted the consistent support of Barbados to Cuba and cited the words that a few days ago Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley had pronounced at the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations, denouncing the genocidal blockade of Cuba, rejected year after year, and which remains today increased with the purpose of prohibiting the Cuban people from fully enjoying their rights to live a dignified life within the political and economic system decided by the majority of the people in full use of their national sovereignty.
AMBASSADOR PASTRANA DELIVERING HIS SPEECH.
Finally, Ambassador Sergio Jorge Pastrana, alluded to the circumstances in which the event occurred and how the main culprits were smuggled and forgiven so that they could continue to develop a lifetime of terrorist attacks following a pattern in which paradoxically the names and places are reiterated and today we face the same characters and roles that continue to make our peoples suffer and to counter which we will have to firmly defend the right to avoid such crimes to be never repeated in the Caribbean and that the Declaration of the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace be respected and safeguarded. The Ambassador concluded by citing the words of Fidel at the inauguration of the monument on a similar day in 1998: “Many monuments have been erected in memory of martyrs of noble causes. The one we see here today is one more ... but Cuba will never forget it. Today, together with you and with the memory of those who were so cruelly murdered that day, our hearts will remain forever, in perennial tribute and with the gratitude of a brave people that far away, in my noble country, will not abandon the struggle, and will never surrender. Eternal Glory to Them! ´
THE MONUMENT TO THE VICTIMS OF THE CUBANA BOMBING AT PAYNES BAY.
LOS CUBANOS EN BARBADOS PRESENTES EN EL ACTO DE RECORDACIÓN. DIPLOMÁTICOS, COLABORADORES Y UNA REPRESENTACIÓN DE LA ASOCIACIÓN DE CUBANOS RESIDENTES.