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President wants justice 36 yrs after Cubana plane bombing

Published:Wednesday | October 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Thirty-six years after a Cubana plane was bombed off the coast of Barbados, killing all 73 people, including 11 Guyanese nationals, President Donald Ramotar is calling for justice.

"No political objective can justify actions of this nature and no one can aspire to lofty goals with a bloody hand," President Ramotar said at the unveiling of a monument to the victims of the terrorist attack at the University of Guyana.

The monument commemorates Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455, a Douglas DC-8 aircraft which was brought down by two bombs planted by CIA-trained Venezuelan operatives while en route from Barbados to Jamaica on October 6, 1976.

The 73 passengers included 57 Cubans, 11 Guyanese and five North Koreans. All the members of the Cuban fencing team, who were returning home after being victorious at the Central American Games were killed.