175. 1/24/1961

“JAN 24, 1961: Alberto Muller Quintana, secretary general of the Cuban Student’s Directorate [Directoria Revolucinario Estudentil] (DRE) sends a letter to President [John F.] Kennedy denouncing [Fidel] Castro’s political, and economic programs. The letter reviews the regime’s ‘calculated’ takeover of all sectors of the society-politics, religion, unions, repression etc. The DRE requests U.S. support in what they call a ‘transcendent fight’ against Communism in Cuba. ‘The role of the US is to prevent communism, disguised as Fidelism, from becoming the expression of the present revolutionary feeling in Latin America,’ the letter states. ‘Finally, Mr. President, we want to state [that] our hope lies with someone like you.’” [Pro Embargo]

“The Bay of Pigs Invasion/Playa Giron: A Chronology of Events,” The National Security Archive, NSArchive2.gwu.edu

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