I met El Chino on my birthday as I was suffering from a severe allergic reaction while being in the streets of Fomento. I had gone so far as to the park in the center, when he just came a sat down right next to me, and started to talk.
He struck me immediately, with his blue eyes - being of half Chinese, half black. He told me that he had lived his entire life in Fomento, that he was married, and that he had at least 2 extra women on the side :-)
I immediately stopped sneezing, and started to pay attention to this good story :-)
He told me, that this park was special in the history of the Cuban revolution, as Battista had set up a command post in the now Library of Fomento. Battista knew that Che Guevara was in the mountain just outside of Fomento. The Chinese looked across the street where the headquarter once was, me catching the reflection in his fake chinese-made glasses. The library used to house soldiers and captains a few more days.
So Battista send in bomber airplanes, to bomb the city - and kill any uprising - and if possible Che Guevara.
Well the truth is, that Che Guevara was actually in the mountain a few kilometers out - and he was gonna sweep the city for any Battista soldiers. Before that, the dictator send navy bombers to bomb the city - and being cruel to the bone, Battista used pilots from Fomento, to bomb their own city.
As I came back to Denmark, I want to verify the story - and it seems that every word the Chinese told me was true. Backed-up by articles and photos I found on the net, I will always remember the day the Chinese sat down next to me, and told me a great story. I went to his house to drink coffee, meet his wife and his brother. To this day, I hope that I will meet him again.
Have a look on the pictures, and see if you can spot the truth in the photos - hint : Battista soldier fleeing through the park, as Che is sure coming down from the mountains. Today the park is used for families and students on lunchbreaks.
A great storyteller of Fomento - on the city bombing.