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Lao media stress Cuba’s victory at Playa Girón

Vientiane, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) The commemoration in this capital on Friday of the 63rd anniversary of the Cuban people's victory at Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) over the mercenary invasion made headlines on local media.

The Lao News Agency, KPL, amplified in its English-language website the information about the event, which was attended by Chaleune Yiapahoer, vice president of the Lao National Assembly (Parliament) and president of the Friendship Association and the Lao-Cuban Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

A photo of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, along with Playa Girón fighters illustrates the KPL news item, which quoted Cuban Ambassador to Laos Enna Viant, as she quoted Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro when he said that after that victory, the nations of the Americas were freer.

The struggle turned into a heroic deed, and the people, with weapons in their hand and at the price of their blood, fought for socialism to inflict on the United States its first major military defeat in the Americas in less than 72 hours, “because the Cubans decided to be masters of our destiny and make dignity a bastion,” the diplomat said.

Viant stated that this celebration has a particular connotation because it takes place in the year of the 65th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the 49th anniversary of the independence of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Amid the severe and intensified US economic blockade, which has been overwhelmingly rejected by the members of the United Nations, including the consistent position of support of the Lao Government, we continue to move forward despite the obstacles and sanctions imposed by that cruel scourge on the Cuban people and its development, the ambassador stressed.