• Short Summary

    SIXTY SICK AND WOUNDED CUBANS, IMPRISONED AFTER THEY INVADED CUBA LAST YEAR, RETURNED TO MIAMI, FLORIDA, APR 13, AND 10,000 CHEERING, WEEPING EXILED COMPATRIOTS WERE AT THE AIRPORT TO WELCOME THEM AS THEIR SPECIAL FLIGHT TOUCHED DOWN.

  • Description

    SIXTY SICK AND WOUNDED CUBANS, IMPRISONED AFTER THEY INVADED CUBA LAST YEAR, RETURNED TO MIAMI, FLORIDA, APR 13, AND 10,000 CHEERING, WEEPING EXILED COMPATRIOTS WERE AT THE AIRPORT TO WELCOME THEM AS THEIR SPECIAL FLIGHT TOUCHED DOWN.

    WITH THE RELEASED PRISONERS WERE FOUR MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN FAMILIES COMMITTEE WHO ARRANGED FOR THEIR RANSOM AT TWO MEETINGS WITH DR FIDEL CASTRO. THE FOUR FLEW TO CUBA AFTER THE 1,179 INVADERS, CAPTURED IN THE BAY OF PIGS LAST APRIL, HAD BEEN SENTENCED A WEEK AGO TO PRISON TERMS UP TO 30 YEARS UNLESS THEY WERE RANSOMED FOR 62 MILLION DOLLARS.

    AMONG THOSE WHO ARRIVED MIAMI, APR 13, WERE SIX MEN RANSOMED FOR 100,000 DOLLARS EACH; 19 AT 50,000 DOLLARS EACH; AND 11 AT 25,000.

    WIVES AND GIRL FRIENDS CRIED HYSTERICALLY AS THE PRISONERS DISEMBARKED. ORIGINALLY THERE HAD BEEN ONLY 54 IN THE FREEDOM PLANE, BUT AT THE LAST MINUTE ROOM WAS FOUND FOR SIX MORE. THEY WERE PICKED BY THEIR COMRADES IN PRISON AS THE MOST SERIOUSLY ILL OR WOUNDED.

    FROM HOSPITAL, THE RELEASED MEN ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING THEY WOULD CONSIDER THEMSELVES STILL PRISONERS UNTIL THEIR 1,119 COMRADES WERE ALSO FREED. IF RANSOMS WERE NOT FORTHCOMING THEY WOULD GO BACK TO PRISON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1152SD58ISJENKVCVCER0WEHL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1152SD58ISJENKVCVCER0WEHL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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