March 13, 1957: Jose Antonio Echevarria killed in Cuba

My parents’ generation lived through this day. My late Tio Pepe was at La Universidad de La Habana and remembered the events vividly.

Jose Antonio Jose Antonio Echevarria, president of the FEU (Federation of University Students) was killed on this day many years ago. He was a student leader and critic of Batista. No one knows what would have happened had Echevarria not been killed that day. It’s one of those great “what if” stories of Cuban history. 

No matter what, it was a tragedy for this young man to die.

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