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Terrorist Bands in Las Villas

Chronology of Top Bands Captured in Las Villas

1959 November: The first group is captured, all its troopers came to be members of the  counterrevolutionary organization the Rosa Blanca (the White Rose).


Chronology (May 1961 – December 1965)

1961 May 11: Guillermo Hernández Niebla, his mother Adela Niebla Santos, and his brother René and sister Bertila, both children of peasant Francisco Hernández Rodríguez, left wounded after his house in Sancti Spíritus was assaulted by a terrorist squad.


Chronology (December 1960 – April 1961)

1960 December 10: Evelio Duke proclaimed himself as unique head of the anti-communist Army. Since he had escaped to hide himself into the Escambray wilderness by the middle of this same year,  he had serious discrepancies with Osvaldo Ramírez. In 1961, he was able to flee abroad.


Chronology (January 1959 – November 1960)

1959 The organization of a group of bandits in western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, directed by Luis Lara Crespo, former military official of Fulgencio Batista’s Army and fugitive of the revolutionary justice for his several crimes committed in service, marked the sunrise of  terrorist bands in Cuba. In that same year, the Cuba’s […]


Anti-Cuban Commandos During Operation Mongoose

By Pedro Echeverry Vázquez After the absolute defeat of the mercenary brigade 2506 in Bay of Pigs, Kennedy’s administration appealed immediately to encourage even more the subversive propaganda against Cuba, including the re-activation of its remaining bands that have ended reeling after the so-called Limpia de el Escambray (Escambray Cleanse) Cuban crusade to capture armed […]


Crimes in the Escambray are Still Fresh

By Juan A. Borrego Díaz The anti-Cuban armed bands, encouraged and funded by Washington, cost our country the death of more than 500 of its brave sons and nearly a billion national pesos.


The Escambray Victory: As Important as Bay of Pigs

Words pronounced by Cuban President Fidel Castro before the grave of comrade Piti Fajardo on November of 1959. … and it pleases us and consoles us as well – comrades- to be able to tell you that the enemies of our Homeland, anywhere in the world they might arise, anywhere in the world they attempt […]


Why the Escambray Cordillera?

The Escambray is a chain of mountains stretching all along the current municipalities of central provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus, in which lays most of their demarcation. Its selection by our neighboring imperialist nation as a perfect clout to boost armed uprising, responded not merely to its high-altitude characteristics.


Yesterday’s Utopia Turned Today’s Reality

By Delia Proenza Barzaga Sancti Spíritus makes concrete a memorable event: even the province’s farthest school enjoys the privilege of electrification.


What Would They Find in the Escambray?

By Juan A. Borrego Díaz What would they find in the Escambray?. It was our Commander-in-Chief ‘s question when he knew on the very intentions of the last mercenary commando -captured then- that attempted to infiltrate inland through the north of Villa Clara.


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