Spanish-language listeners were shocked Thursday, July 4, 1996, when a Cuban radio station began broadcasting newly-released information about a UFO landing on the island last October.
According to Dr. Virgilio Sanchez Ocejo at the Miami UFO Center, Radio Rebelde in Havana ran a special program in Spanish on the UFO sightings.
On October 15, 1995, at 9:30 a.m., a UFO landed in the town of Torriente, in Matanzas province, not far from Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs). An eyewitness, Adolfo Zerate, 74, a farmer from Torriente, told the Direccion General de Inteligencia (DGI) that he was working in the fields when "an apparatus like a tortoise shell" (a bell-shaped object) came down from the clouds and landed in the vegetable field. Concealing himself behind some tropical shrubbery, Zerate saw "dos hombrecitos" (two little men), one behind a window aboard the UFO and the other walking around outside the object. Zerate said both of the occupants "seemed to be wearing diving suits."
The occupant outside the UFO spent several minutes collecting "malanga," a kind of potato, from the field. Then, with his small arms full of uprooted plants, he reboarded the UFO. The "apparatus" began to give off "blue fire and white smoke" and then it "disappeared among the clouds at high speed."
After Zerate called the police, the DGI arrived and collected physical evidence of the UFO's presence, including impressions of the occupant's footprints and leaves scorched black by the UFO's electrical field effects. The material was reportedly turned over to the Cuban Academy of Sciences, which is still investigating the case.
Three days later, on October 18, at 10 p.m., an unnamed woman told the DGI that she had seen a UFO in Puerto Padre, a small town in Las Lunas province. She described her UFO as an intensely "bright light" and claimed to have seen it "several days earlier."
"At the beginning, we thought it was an airplane," she said, "But it didn't make any noise. It went up and down and sideways. Then it made a low pass over the town and dropped toward the city of Hoguin."
The same night, October 18, another UFO was reported in Santi Spiritu at 10 p.m. Also, at Majibacoa and at Calixto Garcia in Hoguin province, Cuban army officers and troops "saw an intense light in the sky for several minutes." At first they thought it was a helicopter, but then "the light flew away at a very great speed."
The Radio Rebelde broadcast was unprecedented. This is the first time in 36 years that Fidel Castro's government has admitted to the presence of UFOs in Cuba.
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