Playa Girón

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Playa Girón


a settlement on the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba. It was near here that from Apr. 17 to 19, 1961, the decisive battle of the Bay of Pigs invasion took place, in which the Cuban Rebel Army defeated the Cuban counterrevolutionaries.

On April 17 counterrevolutionary émigrés, armed and trained in the United States and several Latin American countries, landed in the area near Playa Girón and Playa Larga, another small settlement. Their aim was to organize an armed struggle against the Cuban Revolution. During the fighting, which lasted 72 hours, the revolutionary forces under the leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz thoroughly defeated the counterrevolutionaries. Of the invading force of 1,500, more than 1,000 were taken prisoner.

The steadfastness and heroism shown by the Cuban people in defense of their revolutionary gains, the fact that they rallied closely around the revolutionary government, and the resolute support for Cuba from the Soviet Union and other socialist countries eliminated the threat of direct US intervention in support of the counterrevolutionaries. Playa Girón has become a symbol of the courage and heroism of the Cuban people. An annual holiday is observed in Cuba on April 19 in honor of the reference victory at Playa Girón.

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Utilizando sus dotes de criptografo aficionado, descifra comunicaciones secretas entre agentes de la CIA, que permiten alertar acerca de los preparativos de la invasion de Playa Giron, que finalmente es repelida.
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Segun Salvador Allende Cuba organizo a su pueblo, tanto urbano como campesino, en una forma tal que poco despues de tomar el poder Fidel Castro, existio una gran cohesion con la Revolucion, al punto de actuar decididamente en su defensa si era necesario, como ocurrio en Playa Giron.
On the 17th of April, 1961, approximately 1,500 mercenaries of Cuban origin living in the United States landed at the Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Conchos) and seized Playa Giron and Playa Largo with little or no opposition.
Mas de 100 murieron y un millar fueron hechos prisioneros tras una batalla librada en una playa que los cubanos de Miami denominan Bahia de Cochinos y los que viven en Cuba, Playa Giron.
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Primarily this endeavor constituted a tool of the Kennedy administration's Cuba policy to control fragmented Cuban exile politics, cope with a massive influx of refugees, and reorient anti-Castro strategies following the April 1961 attempted invasion of Cuba at Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs).
When it invaded the Playa Giron [Bay of Pigs], it did not consult anyone.
En 72 horas derroto en Playa Giron una invasion militar organizada por la CIA.