Bacardi's smooth image soured by charges of death plots and terror

Campaign News | Tuesday, 13 April 2004

BBC airs documentary revealing rum dynasty's anti-Cuba campaign

April 13: The BBC3 cable channel aired a documantary on April 12 that exposed the activities of the Bacardi family in attempting to destroy the Cuban revolution.

The programme, part of a series on wealthy dynasties called 'Outrageous Fortunes' was made with the help of CSC and the Hernando Calvo Ospina, author of the book: 'Bacardi: The Hidden War', available from the CSC shopping site:

The programme also attracted media attention in the UK with the following story appearing in the April 11 edition of The Observer Sunday newspaper:

Bacardi's smooth image soured by charges of death plots and terror

Mark Townsend

Sunday April 11, 2004

For decades young drinkers have been seduced by Bacardi's promise of Latin hedonism. Its carefully cultivated image, synonymous with glamorous nightclubs and slinky dancers, has ensured that the drink remains the world's most popular spirit. Even the dismissal of Vinnie Jones as the brand's face failed to dent its appeal.

Yet a new investigation into a former head of the secretive dynasty that acquired vast fortunes from the rum has levelled fresh allegations involving links to international terrorists, assassination attempts and a plot to overthrow Fidel Castro's communist regime.

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