Members of Brothers to the Rescue commemorate shoot down

From our good friend Hank Tester at NBC 6:

Brothers to the Rescue Members Gather Once More to Mark Shoot Down Anniversary

From Opa-Locka to Washington, a fateful day is remembered

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About 100 Cuban exiles demonstrated in front of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington Friday, on the 16th anniversary of the shoot down of the Brothers to the Rescue planes, while surviving members of the humanitarian group gathered once more at a memorial in Opa-Locka to mark the day.

Four Brothers to the Rescue pilots were killed in the ambush ordered by Fidel Castro on Feb. 24, 1996 – a day that will live forever in U.S.-Cuba relations. Their planes were taken down by a Cuban MiG-29 in international airspace.

“Every year it seems to be a little harder, especially since no justice has been rendered,” said Arnoldo Iglesia, one of those who gathered at the memorial at Opa-Locka Airport. “It is tough, hard to forget.”

From day one members of Brothers to the Rescue, which was best known for rescuing rafters and other humanitarian missions, wanted U.S. murder indictments for Castro, who freely admits he called the shot. Five Cuban spies were tried and convicted, one on murder charges involving the shoot down.

The Cuban pilots and military commanders were also indicted in U.S. courts, but not Castro.

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