Leader of the Clement Payne Movement, David Comissiong, says it’s time the injustices against the Cuban people were stopped.
Comissiong’s remarks came Sunday during the 37th commemoration for the victims of the October 6, 1976 terrorist Cubana Airlines plane attack that killed 73 people off Paradise Beach in St James.
“We want to appeal to the people of the United States of America, and to say to them: what your government have been doing to the people of Cuba for over 50 years is wrong. Even with the imprisonment of those five Cubans who went to Miami to speak out against terrorism.
“We are appealing to the American people to see the fundamental injustices of this, and just as they were capable of stopping the war march of their president and Congress a few weeks ago, to also take the initiative to undo these injustices against the nation and people of Cuba,” Comissiong said.
The Clement Payne Movement leader said that would be the ultimate justice and tribute to the innocent 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese and five Koreans who lost their lives in the jet bombing.
Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Barbados Lissette Perez said the act of terrorism was one of the many ways in which Cubans had perished.
“I ask all persons with dignity on the planet to raise their voices for the Cuban people in all languages to help break the mantle of silence on these injustices,” Perez said.
She added that the United States government, being consistent with its stated commitment to fight terrorism, should act without double standards against those who from America had carried out terrorist acts against Cuba, and should release the five Cubans who were unjustly imprisoned for protecting Cuba from terrorism.
Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Esther Byer-Suckoo stated the Government of Barbados stood in solidarity against acts of terrorism and injustices.
She told the group gathered at the Paynes Bay, St James monument to those who perished in the 1976 Cubana Airlines jet crash, that the obelisk remained a telling symbol that we who are touched by the tragedy will never forget those whom were being mourned.
President of the Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association, David Denny, said the pain was felt all across the Caribbean by what had transpired 37 years ago. Jamaica and Puerto Rico, he said, were among the countries that had written calling on the United States government to stop its double standards and ensure justice was served. (ML)