Wed Apr 17, 2019, 06:55 PM

You Will Fail Again, Like In The Bay of Pigs: Cuban Officials Rebuff New US Sanctions

Published time: 17 Apr, 2019 21:30

FILE PHOTO: US-backed Cuban counter-revolutionaries from Assault Brigade 2506 after their capture in the Bay of Pigs in April 1961. AFP / Miguel Vinas

Cuban officials didn’t even need to look for a punchline for their response to new US sanctions, announced on the same day that, almost six decades ago, the failed US-sponsored invasion of the socialist island began.

On April 17, 1961, a well-armed group of Cuban exiles, who were trained and financed by the CIA, landed in the Bay of Pigs with the aim of overthrowing Fidel Castro’s government. But the invaders faced a strong response from the Revolutionary Armed Forces and surrendered after just three days of fighting, while the US faced a massive international backlash for plotting the coup.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez was quick to remind Washington of the embarrassing blunder, writing on Twitter: “Aggressive escalation of US against Cuba will fail. As in Giron (Bay of Pigs), we shall overcome.”

Rodríguez blasted the sanctions, which he called “an attack against International Law and the sovereignty of Cuba and third states.


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