We will never forget: The 20th anniversary of the Castro regime’s ’13 de Marzo’ Tugboat Massacre

***In memory and honor of the 37 victims assassinated on the “13 de Marzo” tugboat 20 years ago today, this post will remain on top for the entire day. Please scroll down for newer posts.***

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All they wanted was to escape tyranny and slavery and give their children and themselves a chance to live in freedom. For Cuba’s Castro dictatorship, however, such yearning for liberty is a sin against the revolution. In fact, it is a sin so grave and so heinous that it is punishable by death. And that is exactly the sentence Fidel Castro proclaimed on the 37 men, women, and children who attempted to escape his island on a tugboat 20 years ago today. For Fidel Castro, this transgression earned them a death sentence, and seven miles out to sea, that sentence was carried out.

They were so far away from land on July 13, 1994 that the only ones who heard their screams of horror and pain that day before they were swallowed up by the sea were themselves and their appointed executioners. But twenty years later, their screams can now be heard all over the world. No matter what the Castro dictatorship has said or done since that fateful day, they have not been able to silence those screams, especially the screams of ten children being ruthlessly murdered. Those screams along with the screams of the tens of thousands the Castro regime has murdered will continue to haunt them until the executioners and the Castros are finally brought to justice.

Today we remember the victims of the “13 de Marzo” Tugboat Massacre. We will continue honoring these martyrs for generations, and long after their executioner has been brought to justice.

The Children Assassinated:

1- Hellen Martínez Enríquez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 months old
2- Xicdy Rodríguez Fernández . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 years old
3- Angel René Abreu Ruiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . …. 3 years old
4- José Carlos Nicle Anaya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 years old
5- Giselle Borges Alvarez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 years old
6- Caridad Leyva Tacoronte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 years old
7- Juan Mario Gutiérrez García . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 years old
8- Yasser Perodín Almanza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 11 years old
9- Yousell Eugenio Pérez Tacoronte . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 years old
10- Eliecer Suárez Plasencia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 years old

The Young Men and Women Assassinated:

11- Mayulis Menéndez Tacoronte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 years old
12- Miladys Sanabria Cabrera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 years old
13 – Joel García Suárez . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 years old
14- Odalys Muñoz García . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 years old
15- Yaltamira Anaya Carrasco . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .. . 22 years old
16- Yuliana Enríquez Carrazana . . … . . . . . . . . . . . 22 years old
17- Lissett María Alvarez Guerra . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . 24 years old
18- Jorge Gregorio Balmaseda Castillo . . . . . . . . . . . 24 years old
19- Ernesto Alfonso Loureiro .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 years old
20- María Miralis Fernández Rodríguez . . . . . . . . .. . . 27 years old
21- Jorge Arquímedes Levrígido Flores .. . . . . . . . . . . 28 years old
22- Leonardo Notario Góngora . .. …. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 years old
23- Pilar Almanza Romero . . . . . …. . . . . . . . . .. . 31 years old
24- Rigoberto Feu González . . ….. . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 years old
25- Omar Rodríguez Suárez . . . ….. . . . . . . . . .. . . 33 years old
26- Lázaro Enrique Borges Briel . ….. . . . . . . . .. . . 34 years old
27- Martha Caridad Tacoronte Vega . ….. . . . . . . . . . 35 years old
28- Julia Caridad Ruiz Blanco . . . …. . . . . . . . . . . 35 years old

The Men and Women Assassinated:

29- Eduardo Suárez Esquivel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 years old
30- Martha M.Carrasco Sanabria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 years old
31- Augusto Guillermo Guerra Martínez . . . . . . . .. . . . 45 years old
32- Rosa María Alcal de Puig . . . … . . . . . . . . . . . 47 years old
33- Estrella Suárez Esquivel . … . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 years old
34- Reynaldo Joaquín Marrero Alamo … . . . . . .. . . . . .48 years old
35- Amado González Raíces . . . . . …. . . . . . . . . . . 50 years old
36- Fidencio Ramel Prieto Hernández . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 years old
37- Manuel Cayol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 years old

More on the anniversary of the “13 de Marzo” Tugboat Massacre:

Free Cuba Foundation

Uncommon Sense

Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter

6 thoughts on “We will never forget: The 20th anniversary of the Castro regime’s ’13 de Marzo’ Tugboat Massacre

  1. It should be emphasized that the victims neither intended nor had the capacity to threaten the regime. They simply wanted out in search of a better life, and they obviously had the right to leave Cuba regardless of illegitimate totalitarian rules to the contrary. Remember also that this happened during the so-called “special period” after the end of Soviet subsidies, which made life in Cuba considerably harder than it had been already. In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, the person responsible for the crime, with his usual cynicism, not only lied about what had happened but implied that his minions involved in the operation had justifiably tried to prevent the theft of the vessel (meaning the “thieves” provoked the disaster), and he also claimed the boat was in such bad shape to begin with that it would have sunk on its own anyway, even without being rammed (though of course he said that was an accident). The contradiction of defending trying to save a piece of junk at the risk of numerous people’s lives evidently didn’t matter to Mr. Maximum, to whom nothing ever mattered except getting his way.

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