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Cubans in Uganda mark 57 years of socialism

By John Agaba

Added 15th April 2018 08:25 PM

Cubans in Uganda Saturday commemorated 57 years when the forces led by revolutionary Fidel Castro triumphed over an alliance forged between the US and some Cubans Castro had defeated earlier and were in exile. The function at the Cuban Embassy in Kampala was rather quiet but ambassador Antonio Luis Pubillones said the day commemorated something great: defeat over imperialism, when “we chose our path of socialism.” It marked the Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on April 17 1961. A counter-revolutionary military group (made up of mostly Cuban exiles who traveled to the United States after Castro's takeover, but also some US military personnel trained and funded by the CIA, the brigade fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front and intended to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Castro