During the Thirteenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at FIU this past week, I discovered the work of Garrincha, which is the pen name of Gustavo Rodriguez, a Cuban-born artist who now resides in the USA. Both of his cartoons pictured below were published on 13 July 2021, two days after the unprecedented July 11 populist revolt in Cuba, which was brutally repressed by the Cuban military. The cartoon to the left refers to the 37 men, women, and children who drowned at sea when their vessel — the tugboat “13 de marzo” — was deliberately fired upon and destroyed by the Cuban Coast Guard on 13 July 1994, a crime that will live infamy. In the cartoon to the right, a child asks his mother what is going on outside. Her reply: “History, my son.”
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