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Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries killed in Cuba remembered

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Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries killed in Cuba remembered

Matanzas, Cuba, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Press reports and online messages on Sunday recalled revolutionary fighters Antonio Guiteras (Cuba) and Carlos Aponte (Venezuela), on the occasion of the 87th anniversary of their fall in combat in this western Cuban city.
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Both fighters were leading a group that was waiting at El Morrillo fort, located on one of the banks of the Canimar River, the Amalia yacht to take them to Mexico, to prepare an expedition that would contribute to the fight against the regime then prevailing in Cuba.

The two revolutionary fighters were betrayed, and were killed in an unequal clash against troops that outnumbered and outgunned them.

Precisely in the area where they fell, an obelisk was built on the outskirts of this city, 100 kilometers east of Havana, to perpetuate the incident.

El Morrillo, built in 1720 as part of the defensive belt of Matanzas Bay, has been a Memorial Museum and a National Monument for more than four decades.

The remains of Guiteras and Aponte are buried there. It exhibits, among others, personal objects of the fighters and the boat where their corpses were transported.

Guiteras (1906-1935) was a Cuban revolutionary leader of a short but intense life, who stood out for his liberating and anti-imperialist national thinking.

Aponte (1900-1935) was born in Caracas, participated in the fight against the dictatorship of Gerardo Machado (1925-1933) in Cuba, and fought alongside General Augusto Cesar Sandino in Nicaragua where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


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