189. 2/8/1961

“FEB 8-16, 1961: Lino Fernandez leads an MRR [Movimiento de Recuperación Revolucionaria-Revolutionary Recovery Movement] squad into Yaguajay [Cuba], to a camp once used by Camilo Cienfuegos during the revolution. Over the next week, the camp is marked for an airdrop of supplies, and peasant recruits begin to sign up. Instead of the scheduled airdrop, however, the resistance force is surrounded by 16,000 government troops and police; Fernandez and five hundred of his men are captured on and around February 16th and taken to the Santa Clara jail.”

“The Bay of Pigs Invasion/Playa Giron: A Chronology of Events,” The National Security Archive, NSArchive2.gwu.edu

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