After a privately chartered American-based and American piloted-plane was shot down west of Havana, Cuba, attempting to pick up opponents of the present regime, Cuban workers staged anti-USA demonstrations in Havana, May 12.
GV Shot down plane on highway near Havana.
NEARER V.. ditto.
CU Soldier with tommy gun on shoulder.
STV Shot down plane.
GV Workers carrying anti-American placards.
SV Ditto carrying "Patria o Muarte slogans." etc.
GV Procession of workers.
SV Women walk towards chanting.
LV Group of workers walk towards chanting.
LV Workers congregate outside Diario offices.
SV Wreath placed in mock burial ceremony.
SV Cheering workers outside Diario officer.
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Background: After a privately chartered American-based and American piloted-plane was shot down west of Havana, Cuba, attempting to pick up opponents of the present regime, Cuban workers staged anti-USA demonstrations in Havana, May 12.
Crowds chanting "Cuba - yes, Yankees - no!" and bearing placards proclaiming "Fatherland or death" paraded outside the officer of 'Diario de la Marina', a pro-American paper whose offices were seized by Premier Fidel Castro's government.
The plane shot down was piloted by Mathew Edward Duke, veteran of World War Two and the Korean War, described by his family as an "anti-Communist crusader." Despite an American Immigration Service order forbidding him to land in Cuba, he was attempting to land his Piper "Apache" plane and airlift four Cubans - connected with the old Baptista regime - when he was ambushed and killed. Cuban officials said he had flown three Cubans from the same point a few days previously; the four he tried to rescue on his final mission were arrested.
Cuban-American relations have deteriorated recently; Cuba claims that American-based planes have attempted to set fire to her sugar-cane fields; May 4, two American flyers were charged in Florida, USA, with pretending to smuggle anti-Castro Cubans from Cuba - an alleged Castro government plot to whip up anti-USA sentiment; finally, May 14, Castro said American submarines were
operating off Cuba's north coast.