A Cruel and Brutal Crime Witnessed at the Guantanamo Naval Base on June 26, 1993
Twenty one years ago today on June 26, 1993 at 11 a.m., three Cuban patrol boats surrounded a group of swimmers trying to reach the Guantanamo Naval Base, lobbing grenades and spraying them with automatic weapons fire. At least three corpses were lifted out of the water with gaffs. The Clinton Administration reported the incident witnessed by U.S. personnel on the base. This was but one of five separate “incidents” documented in the summer of 1993 that didn’t make much of an impact at the time.
However, both a year later and 19 years later two other incidents would take place that would not be so easily covered up and forgotten. Next month marks the dates of two crimes that shocked the Cuban people and reverberated around the world.
One took place twenty years ago on July 13, 1994 a tugboat named the “13 de Marzo” in the early morning hours made its way out of Havana Harbor with families seeking a better life in freedom. Six miles off the coast line they were surrounded and attacked by other tugboats as state security agents aboard the Cuban coast guard witnessed the massacre. Before everyone on the “13 de Marzo” tugboat could be murdered a Greek trawler passing by witnessed what was going on and the operation was brought to a halt.
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