8 May 2014, 14:23

They Wanted to Attack Cuban Military Installations

Cuban flag over central promenade "Malecon" in Havana.

Cuban flag over central promenade "Malecon" in Havana.

Cuban flag over central promenade "Malecon" in Havana.

By Rustem Safronov

WASHINGTON (VR) – Yesterday it was revealed that four Cuban exiles were arrested on April 26 in Cuba for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist attacks within the country as revealed by the Cuban newspaper Granma. The suspects were identified as José Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodríguez González, Raibel Pacheco Santos, and Félix Monzón Álvarez.

The accused have acknowledged that they intended to attack military installations with the objective of promoting violent actions, according to Granma. Toward this end, three of the suspects had made several trips to the island since mid-2013 to study and practice the execution of their plans, the paper said.

Additionally, it was stated that their plans had been organized under the direction of the terrorists Santiago Álvarez Fernández Magriñá, Osvaldo Mitat, and Manuel Alzugaray, who reside in Miami, Florida and are known to maintain close ties with the well-known terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

Cuban authorities contacted the United States in order to investigate the events and prevent such actions in the future, which endanger the lives and security of people in both nations, the Cuban paper said.

Radio VR spoke with Stephen Kimber, Professor of Journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax and author of “What Lies Across the Water – The Real Story of the Cuban Five”, about why the United States allows the activity of Cuban extremists in their territory.

To find out what he had to say, listen below:

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