Cuba replaces head of civil aviation

It seems as if Rogelio Acevedo fell out of favor with the communist regime. For someone who goes as far back as 1959, fighting alongside Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to be removed from the post is not a good sign. I certainly would be concerned for my well-being if I was in his shoes.

Anyway, screw him. All these communists will get what they deserve sooner or later; it’s just a matter of time. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Tue Mar 9, 2:00 pm ET

HAVANA – Cuba has replaced the official who oversees the country’s airlines and airports, a general who fought alongside Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara as a teenager, according to a terse statement in official media.

Rogelio Acevedo was replaced by Gen. Ramon Martinez Echevarria, the current No. 2 in the Air Force air defense unit, according to an announcement published Tuesday in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

No reason was given for the change at the Civil Aeronatics Institute, which has played an important role in the expansion of Cuba’s tourism industry. The announcement said Acevedo, 68, would be given “other tasks,” but it did not describe them or refer to Acevedo’s background as a revolutionary.

Acevedo joined the fight against dictator Fulgencio Batista when he was 16, fighting in the Sierra Maestra mountains in a unit led by Guevara. His younger brother Enrique joined him, and wrote about the experience in a book titled “The Shirtless Ones.”

After the revolution triumphed in 1959, Acevedo was named first head of a new national militia at age 18, and he later fought with Cuban forces in Angola.

He is a longtime member of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and has run the Civil Aviation Institute since 1989.

Martinez studied in the former Soviet Union as a helicopter pilot, and is also a veteran of Angola. The Civil Aviation authority controls all air transport in Cuba.

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