Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1956: Haiti Embassy shootout, Police Chief Killed

Cuba History Timeline Events
October 29, 1956
Rafael Salas Cañizares, Chief of the National Police, is mortally wounded in a shootout with Castro rebels at the Embassy of Haiti on 29 October. He dies two days later. The ten rebels seeking refuge in the embassy, some associated with the FEU/DR, were all killed in the exchange. The rebels were sought by police for the murder of Secret Service Chief Blanco Rico.

A series of now declassified US diplomatic messages beginning on November 2, commented extensively on the embassy shootout and related events: US Foreign Service Cuba Dispatch 11/2/56 (facsimile).

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

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