Tuesday, May 5, 2009

1956: Goicuria garrison Attack; Prio exiled

Cuba History Timeline Events
April 29, 1956
A band of about 100 Castro rebels, acting in concert with Prio forces, attack the Goicuria garrison, the military headquarters in Matanzas, sixty miles east of Havana. The attackers are defeated in a bloody engagement. The operation had been directed by Reynol García, a Carlos Prío supporter who was killed in the attack.

When Batista’s secret services ascertain that the attack had been funded by Prío, they arrest the ex-president and put him on an airplane to Miami.

Castro rejoiced in Mexico over Prío’s exile writing: “With Prío out of Cuba, the revolutionary movement is in my hands.”

St Petersburg Times-Goicuria Attack 1956Carlos Prio Socarras press conference Miami 5-10-56
Story in St. Petersburg Times April 30 1956 Carlos Prio Socarras press conference Miami, May 1956 (photo: Bettmann/CORBIS)

based on Manuel Márquez-Sterling's Cuba 1952-1959 and
Cuba 1952-1959 Interactive Timeline

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