The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 28, 1968 · Page 95
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 95

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 28, 1968
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Mall Section, Thursday, Nov. 28, 1968 - 5 Defections From Castro Army Reported stashed in the radio station reportedly were confiscated by the assailants. Whether there are actually "alzados" (rebels) in the eastern mountains remains to be tion belonging to the army near the city of Bay a mo in Oriente Province. Allegedly, one of the two soldiers on duty there was killed and the other wounded. All the weapons seen. But open discontent and growing opposition from within are plaguing the Castro regime today more than ever before in its history of almost 10 years in power 'I MIAMI (NANA) - There re muffled but persistent Rumblings of trouble in the Pastro armed forces filtering down the slopes of the eastern mountains of Cuba where the bearded dictator himself got p is start. ' For weeks now, the "Little .Havana" section of Miami which is home away from .)iome to nearly 200,000 Cuban exiles has been churning With reports of top level detections within Castro's military establishment, reports of 'nen defecting with their weapons and ammunition into the rugged Oriente Province Wuntains where they allegedly are waiting to unleash an attack on the Castro regime. ' None of these rumors have been confirmed, nor are they -likely to be. In fact, the Ca-itro-controlled press and radio ,-have denied them perhaps a bit too emphatically. I. But trouble has been sim- mering on the back burner in Cuba for a long, long time. No less an authority than Fidel Castro himself, in an island-wide broadcast two months ago, berated the Cuban people for their lack of revolutionary fervor and then proceeded to tick off a list of 15 major acts of sabotage that had occurred since last April. Although he gave no sum total of all the destrxtion which ranged from fires in clothing and sugar warehouses to machinery destroyed in factories and tanneries Castro admitted that five of the largest blazes had come to no less than $2.6 million. The Cuban premier warned his listeners that before his government would fall, "there .won't be, in this country, a single counter-revolutionary with his head on his shoulders." Immediately afterward, the government announced it was launching a na tionwide campaign to "behead" every "counter-revolutionary" in Cuba via a "vigilance plan" in every neighborhood. The Cuban people are obviously becoming more and more weary of lining up for all the basic necessities of life, such as food and clothing. They are tired of being forced to "volunteer" for longer and longer hours of additional work for the state, or less and less pay and ever-increasing terror. The twice-daily airlift of refugees from Varadero Beach to Miami has not served to siphon off sufficient numbers of anti-Castro dissidents in order to keep Cubans' dissatisfaction from coming to the forefront. Rather, it has seemed to stimulate this discontent as more and more Cubans petition to escape their prison island. Within the armed forces, ixto Garcia and Maj. Jaime Vega - have taken to the hills in eastern-most Cuba. Reportedly. Garcia defected with a number of his men when he heard Castro was about to order his detention for "counter-revolutionary activity" in the zone under his command. Early in October, official circles in Havana denied there was any truth to reports of unusual military movement within the island. But refugee arrivals reaching Miami on the freedom airlift in mid-November claimed there were indeed strange goings-on near the Sierra Cristal Mountains and around the Port of Bara-coa. They said also that all vehicles using roads connecting this area with the rest of Oriente Province were being carefully searched. Within weeks of the unprecedented denial, Raul Castro announced he would inaugurate a "political information" radio program aimed at members of the armed forces and the ministry of the interior. The regime wasted no time in airing the program which is now broadcast twice a day throughout the island. Raul, who is minister of defense as well as second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, said the purpose of the program was to bring to light "the criminal work of the counter-revolution, of the enemies of the people and those who hate creative work." Despite the warning that the program would air public accusations of those suspected of perpetrating any future acts of sabotage, anti-Castro elements within the island have continued their work. Early in November, the AIP exile nnws service said it had received information that a Carmguey Province elementary school, where workers and farmers received indoctrination classes during the evenings, had been burned down and 17 people living in the neighborhood arrested. The same source claims that anti-Castro commandos destroyed a micro-wave sta there is growing opposition. Youths drafted into the army at $7 a month are increasingly unhappy about being turned into field hands to bring in the crops and of having to endure political indoctrination for many hours a day. Long-time officers are beginning to take a hard look at the abortive South American revolution in which Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his Cuban comrades failed so miserably last year in Bolivia. The officers have also been angered that their companions in arms have been sent into the congo on futile and often bloody missions as "instructors" of guerrilla warfare and terror tactics. Then, there are the old guard Communists whose first allegiance has always been to Moscow, not Castro. These men have seen how Anibal Es-calante, former member of the central committee of the Cuban Communist Party, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for leading a "micro-fraction" of the party in an alleged overthrow of the Castro regime. Although Castro had claimed that Escalante would be allowed to serve his time on a relatively comfortable farm, reports have it that this former top Communist is actually imprisoned in the old Spanish fortress of the cabana, across the bay from Havana. Although not given publicity as was the Escalante case, the purges of Communist Party members have continued. Last summer, Ladislao Gonzalez Carvajal and Carlos Font Pupo both members of the party since the 1930s were arrested and sent to prison. In August, the well-informed exile news information agency (AIP) said it had learned that Alfredo Yabur, Cuba's minister of justice, had been purged and sent to a state farm in Pinar Del Rio Province. The charges, leveled by Castro himself, included "deviation" and "political opportunism." Now, according to exile reports, two former rebel army "commandantes" Maj. Cal- Christmas is a time to remember your friends. All X your A A tfieTaceSetter- friends.' a complete vkrdib6e of stockings a year of thank-yous to your friend. And give someone a "friend" for Christmas we have dozens of loveable puppies at special Holiday prices! Parklane makes a new case for leg loveliness. Pace Setter. The perfect gilt for every occasion. Marvelous and shiny white, it's a fashion tote packed full of delights! Nested in it are 1 2 pairs of the finest quality one size fits all"stretch nylons with nude heel, each in a delightful shade. 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