Cuba History Timeline Events
April 5, 1953
A plot to overthrow Batista is uncovered and smashed by the Secret Service. The leader was philosophy professor Rafael García Bárcena who was represented at trial by Armando Hart, both would later join Castro’s 26th of July Movement and the Communist Party. The conspirators were planning—so said the investigators—to attack Columbia Military headquarters. Some of the detainees including Bárcenas were tortured. Bárcena is found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison, but is released June 5, 1954. He is arrested and imprisoned thrice after this for violent overthrow conspiracies.