Tuesday, May 12, 2009

1956: Castro Communist ties revealed & denied

Cuba History Timeline Events
July 22, 1956
Castro’s involvement with the Communist International Movement is revealed in the national press by Batista’s Bureau of Anti Communist Repression, Military Intelligence Services, and Bureau of Subversive Activities. Batista publicly denounces the communist connections in his address at the Conference of Presidents (Conmemoración del 130 Aniversario del Congreso Anfictiónico de 1826) held in Panama 21-22 July 1956.

Revolutionary and abstencionista leaders dismissed it as a paquete [pack of lies] and rallied to publicly defend Castro.

Salvador Diaz-Versón paints a comprehensive picture of Communist operations in Cuba before 1959, including Soviet involvement in his One Man, One Battle. A summary account is also available in:

Salvador Díaz-Versón (1997): When Castro Became A Communist: The Impact on U.S.-Cuba Policy; Occasional Paper Series, Vol.1, No.1, November 3, 1997 (Washington, DC.: The Selous Foundation's Institute for U.S. Cuba Relations).

Batista-Eisenhower, Panama 1956Fulgencio Batista with President Dwight Eisehower at OAS meeting
in Panama. July 1956 (photo: Bettmann/CORBIS)

based on Manuel Márquez-Sterling's Cuba 1952-1959 and
Cuba 1952-1959 Interactive Timeline

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