5 largely aged and retired Cuban navy generals have died in current days in mysterious circumstances, the nation’s communist regime has confirmed, including intrigue to a new spherical of freedom protests happening within the island and US.
There isn’t a suggestion of foul play within the deaths of the 5, one among whom was the previous head of Cuba’s air pressure when it shot down two American personal planes within the notorious 1996 Brothers to the Rescue outrage.
However with Covid-19 surging throughout the island, and the typical variety of each day new circumstances in Cuba shut to eight,000, nearly eight instances increased than the start of July, observers worry that the pandemic may very well be accountable. The youngest of the generals was 57.
Cuba’s authorities has not given an evidence or reason for dying for any of the 5.
In accordance with the Miami Herald, which first reported the story, the deaths got here inside days of anti-government protests throughout Cuba, the most important present of public dissent towards the regime in many years.
The demise of the generals additionally caught the eye of Florida’s senior senator Marco Rubio, whose dad and mom immigrated from Cuba within the Nineteen Fifties, earlier than Fidel Castro’s 1959 communist revolution.
“9 days. 5 useless generals in #Cuba. Very unusual,” he tweeted on Tuesday, following up an earlier tweet by which he famous that high-ranking navy officers “have had some extremely dangerous luck just lately”.
Rubio has been one of the crucial vocal politicians towards the Cuban authorities in Florida, dwelling to greater than 1.5m exiles and first and second-generation Cuban-People, and has joined current protests in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
The perfect-known of the 5 is Ruben Martinez Puente, 79, a former chief of the Cuban air pressure who was indicted in Miami in 2003 however by no means confronted trial for the incident seven years earlier by which two pilots and two different passengers had been killed when a Cuban navy jet shot down their Cessna planes in worldwide waters.
Martinez Puente died on 24 July, the Herald reported, citing a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba memorandum.
The others, the newspaper mentioned, included Agustín Peña Pórrez, a former head of Cuba’s japanese military, who died on 17 July on the age of 57. It mentioned the communist get together newspaper Granma printed footage of his funeral and quoted a tweet by Cuban chief Miguel Díaz-Canel saying the dying was “unhappy information.”
Marcelo Verdecia, a retired brigadier normal and former Castro bodyguard, died 20 July in Santa Clara. Retired brigadier normal Eduardo Lastres Pacheco died on Monday this week, and on Tuesday the Twitter account of the college of Las Villas reported the dying of retired brigadier normal Armando Choy Rodriguez, 87.
No ages got for Verdecia or Lastres Pacheco.