Between April 17 and 19, 1961, a force of Cuban mercenaries, led by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency tried to invade the just-declared socialist nation of Cuba. Within about 60 hours, the attempt failed miserably, with almost 100 invaders dead and over 1,000 captured after they surrendered on the evening of April 19. The Cuban people lost over 150 combatants and civilians during their defense of the country.
For progressives and anti-imperialists all over the world, the mention of the Bay of Pigs — known in Spanish as Playa Giron — evokes joy and celebration: the United States, an empire accustomed to imposing itself even in the farthest corners of the world, could not prevail and enforce its will on a small revolutionary country 90 miles away from its shores in the Caribbean. The empire could be defeated after all.
teleSUR takes a look at the epic victory of Cuban revolutionaries and patriots.