The Lifelong Wait For Freedom... A Four-Part Journey Through Cuban History - An Exclusive Interview with José de Jesús Castaño Fernández
"My name is José de Jesús Castaño. I am now 78 years old. I am one of the youngest that were part of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I was a paratrooper. We trained in Guatemala and from there left to the Bay of Pigs. Prior to the Revolution I was a young boy... I was a Boy Scout and named among one of the best Boy Scouts in Cuba." At the age of 14 years old, José represented Cuba at the Boy Scouts conference in Washington, D.C.
"Che Guevara becomes minister (of industries). Castro is in power already. Things were taken away from people. e.g. houses, building... In one day, Che Guevara confiscated 5,0000 companies. I remember one of the names...I remember asking myself "But why the Bank of Boston?"
"(Fidel) He begins to take power and to instill fear... his thing was to instill fear in the people (with) firing squad executions. If someone tried to escape they would be killed. An example of this is when he disappeared The Second (in command) of the Revolution, Camilo Cienfuego..."