Diaz’ travel without return
the District Attorneys know that the only blood shed in my hands is that of my
brothers slain or cowardly killed during countless aggressions and terrorist
acts held against my country by people who freely walk by the streets of Miami
City. For this blood I sworn one day to be willing to sacrifice my own life if
it could protect my people of such crimes.”
Hernandez’ plea, Cuban political prisoner sentenced to two life
imprisonments in the United States for the sole crime of struggling terrorism)
That Dodge car of the 1971 year was not in its best shape, but Artaignan was
grateful to the owner, A Mexican that collaborated with the Cubans in the
fixing of engines to ships at Campeche. He lent the car to Artaingnan to
travel to Merida, where he had to deal with some issues before returning to
his beloved island.
Artaignan Diaz Diaz, aged 37 was technically supervising Cuban fishing vessels
at Campeche City. He was happily driving the red Dodge car, by the road that
was beastly hot in that July 1976.
Four days were left for him to return home. He finally reached to Merida, he
parked in front of the Cuban consulate, and there he stays with the car. On
Friday July 23, Consul Daniel Ferrer wants to take the car to the Dodge Agency
for a check.
On their way to the repairing agency, the consul tries to dial the radio but
Artaignan told him it was out of order and Ferrer decides to first address to
a place he randomly uses when he has such an electric failure.
They park in front of “El Gran Chaparral” canteen and by the door there is
Arnoldo, the workshop’s owner, who invites them to a beer because he is
celebrating his birthday.
They go inside the place and meanwhile they are drinking they explain to
Arnoldo the late-motive of their visit. The owner indicates the two Cubans to
leave the radio with his assistance, who is working some meters away.
All this took ten minutes. On their way to the car, Artaignan stays waiting
together by the front door of the car facing the driver’s, meanwhile the
consul is willing to sit in front of the wheel.
This is just the moment when Artaignan is surrounded by his back by a brown
tall individual that points at him with a pistol and urges him to walk; the
man had a Cuban accent.
Consul Ferrer moves away from the Dodge and angrily questions: Who are you?
What do you want? Identify your self. The answer was ironic and threatening,
your family is OK.
same time a second man with low stature, but also with Cuban accent, tells him
another phrase he is not able to recall.
But the captors did not expect, the Consul to go inside the canteen and
manages to run and reach a nearby street and boards a truck that is on its
way. Meanwhile he moves away he is able to listen to some shots...
He goes to the nearest police station and there he is reported that there was
dead person in the place. Near “El Gran Chaparral” Artaignan drank the
last beer of his life, blood was shed everywhere.
It was Friday July 23, 1976. The ticket plane was left in Merida for his
return travel to Cuba scheduled for July 25. At home there was a widow and
five kids waiting.
Omega 7 was the organization that claimed the attempt, one more among the ones
held aiming to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
Main goal of this action was to kill Consul Daniel Ferrer, Mexican authorities
arrested the terrorist of Cuban origin Gaspar Jimenez Escobedo, who ran away
from jail and later leaded the escape attempt of Orestes Ruiz, and
Artaignan’s other killer.
Escobedo would be arrested in 1977 by North American authorities indicted of
violating the Neutrality Act of the United States, surprisingly he was later
released. He has participated in several attempts to ultimate Commander in
Chief Fidel Castro, he is arrested at present in Panama, as part of the group
headed by Luis Posada Carriles, charged of
trying to blow the University Camp of Panama during a visit President
Fidel Castro made there due to the X Iberian American Summit, November 2000.
Efforts are continuously made by the counter revolutionary organization: Cuban
American National Foundation, headquartered in Miami of trying to free these
terrorists with a North American allowance.