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Feb 26

Shoot Down

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

On February 24, 1996, Cuban MIGS shot down two unarmed, civilian aircraft of the Brothers-to-the-Rescue organization in international airspace. Cuba's callous disregard for human life resulted in the murder of four individuals and outraged all Americans. The shoot down triggered strong international protests and eventually resulted in a further tightening of restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. SHOOT DOWN offers a meticulous documentary reconstruction of events and their impact on relations between Havana and Washington. It recalls in detail and with dispassion a tragic milestone in the 50-year struggle between the parties of democracy and the parties of revolution.

As Cuba transitions from the control of an ailing Fidel Castro to the leadership of his 76-year-old brother Raúl, and as the Cuban military moves center-stage in this process, it is important to recall the nature of the Cuban regime and the dark acts for which its leaders will be held accountable in the court of history.

More About the Speakers

Cristina Khuly
Producer,
Rogues Harbor Studio

Daniel P. Erikson
Senior Associate,
Inter-American Dialogue

Bisa Williams
Director,
Office of Cuban Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

Hosted By

Ray Walser, Ph.D. Ray Walser, Ph.D.

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