23rd and 12th STREET INTERSECTION
This famous spot in the neighbourhood of El Vedado, near the Colón Cemetery, has been declared a National Monument.
Precisely in the intersection of these streets, is where the memorable farewell ceremony took place of the victims of the aerial attack by airplanes from the United States against several Cuban airports and facilities on April 16th of 1961. This attack was a prelude to the mercenary invasion of Playa Girón.
Fidel Castro, who spoke at the act, proclaimed the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution and in that instant thousands of militia men raised their rifles as an expression of the people’s support and as a demonstration of their will to fight in defence of socialism.
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