Barbadians have been told they must continue to demonstrate their abhorrence of terrorism and strive for peace. The call came as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, addressed the commemorative ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the Cubana Air Disaster, which occurred on October 6, 1976, just off Barbados’ shores. Speaking at the site of the memorial monument at Paynes Bay, St.
Forty years ago today, on October 6, 1976, Cubana Airlines flight CU 455 succumbed to a proven act of terrorism, with the loss of life of Cuban nationals, Guyanese nationals and nationals of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Terrorism in its modern form has been therefore known in the English-speaking Caribbean for at least 40 years and its impact still reverberates with us today. The arrests in Trinidad and Tobago following the act and the trial in Venezuela, pointed directly to the perpetrators, who have never been punished in a manner consistent with their horrible crime.
The Honorable Senator and Barbadian Foreign Minister Maxine McClean, received international delegations from Cuba, the US and the Caribbean attending the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Crime of Barbados. She was accompanied by Mr. Robert Morris, Ambassador to CARICOM, Sandra Gittens, Section Chief of the Caribbean, and other Foreign Ministry officials.
The US actor and social activist, Danny Glover, the Cuban Hero, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, the son of a crew member who died in the terrorist attack on the flight CU-455 of Cubana, Camilo Rojo, and the Barbadian lawyer David Comissiong, President of Clement Payne Movement and Coordinator of the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity, joined a panel discussion dedicated to the youth and students of the island.
In a prestigious international panel of discussion held in Barbados as part of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Cuban airliner in October 1976, it was released in recent days a worldwide campaign to have the UN declare on October 6 as the International Day against Terrorism. It was comprised of Dr.