REVOLT OF HARD-LINE DISSIDENTS IN THE FALN AGAINST ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP, AND

Created: 12/30/1965

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REVOLT OF HARD-LINE DISSIDENTS IN THE FAIN AGAINST ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP, ANDOF THE REBELS TO RESUME TERRORISM IN CARACAS IN6

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(SUMMARY: HARDLINE ELEMENTS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF NATIONAL LIBERATION (FALN) ARE IN REVOLT AGAINST THE LEADERSHIP CF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF VENEZUELA (PCV) ANO HAVE FORMED THEIR OWN CENTRAL COMMITTEE. SUPPORT OF ALL GUERRILLA COMMANDS, EXCEPT THAT OF THE SIMON BOLIVAR FRONT IN THE STATE OF LARA, HAS BEEN PROMISED. THE REBEL CENTRAL COMMITTEE IS ATTEMPTING TO TAKE OVER CONTROL OF THE FALN AND HAS ANNOUNCED THE REORGANIZATION OF THE

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FALN MILITARY DISTRICTS. FALN 3RIGADES IN CARACAS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO RENEW TERRORIST OPERATIONS IN THE REBELS HAVE NOTIFIED CUBA. RED CHINA AND THE USSR OF THE FORMATIONNEW PARTY-FALN LEADERSHIP". AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HARDLINE FACTION OF THE MOVEMENT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY LEFT (MIR) TONITED COMMAND OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT.)

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ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE REBEL GROUP, ESPECIALLY IN ANNOUNCING THE REVOLT TO CUBA, THE USSR AND COMMUNIST CHINA, MAKE IT APPEAR THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HELP FROM ONE OR MORE OF THOSE FOREIGN POWERS. REPORT GIVES EVIDENCE THAT THE VENEZUELAN COMMUNISTISPLIT OF MAJOR PROPORTIONS WHICH MAY RESULT IN THE FORMATIONEPARATE COMMUNIST PARTY FULLY COMMITTEDTRATEGY OF ARMED VIOLENCE. FOR THE PRESENT, THE REBEL GROUP IS NOT LIKELY TO MUSTER SUFFICIENT STRENGTH TO SEIZE CONTROL OF THE PCV ORGANIZATION.)

3. ARMED FORCES OF NATIONAL LIBERATION (FALN) GUERRILLA LEADERS HEADED BY DOUGLAS BRAVO, JOSE RAFAEL NUNEZASQUIER SUAREZ AND (FNU) ZANCNI, HAVECENTRAL COMMITTEE." THIS WAS DONE BECAUSE OF THEIR BELIEF THAT THE ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP CP THE COMMUNI ST PARTY OF VENEZUELA (PCV) WASONTINUATION

OF THE ARMED REVOLUTION IN VENEZUELA AND WAS NOT PROVIDING EQUITABLE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE GUERRILLA GROUPS.

1*. ALFREDO MANE IRO, COMMANDER OF THE MANUEL PONTE RODRIGUEZFRONT IN EASTERN VENEZUELA, AND ANOTHER UNNAMEDLEADER WALKED OUT OF THE REBEL CONCLAVE INTHE REBEL THE MANUEL PONTE

RODRIGUEZ FRONT HAS SUFFERED SEVERE LOSSES DURING THE PAST THREE MONTHS ANO APPEARS TO BE INOPERATIVE AT THIS TIME.)

REBEL CENTRAL COMMITTE, CLAIMING TO BE THE "NEWLEADERSHIP" PROCEEDED TO SET UP NEW MILITARYVENEZUELA. EW NATIONAL FALN COMMAND, INCLUDINGPEDRO VEGAS CASTEJON, WAS

VEGASENEZUELAN ARMY MAJOR INVOLVED IN THE LEFTIST-INSPIRED UPRISING AT CARUPANO NAVAL BASE HE WAS IMPRISONED AND ESCAPED IN3 AND LATER JOINED THE FALN. HE HAS SINCE BEEN REPORTEDLY NAMED TO THE PCV MILITARY COMMISSION WHICH HAS CHARGE OF DIRECTIONS THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FALN.)

NEW FALN COMMANDTATEMENT OF THEIRALL GUERRILLA FRONTS FOR THEIR DISCUSSION ANDGROUPS APPROVED THE ACTIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OFBOLIVAR GUERRILLA FRONT IN LARA. THE FALN COMMAND INTHAT THE POINTS MADE BY THE REBEL GROUP HAD MERITSBUT CATEGORICALLY REFUSED TO TAKE PART IN THE FRACTIONAL

COMMENT: THE SIMON BOLIVAR GUERRILLA FRONT IS

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CONSIDERED BY COMMUNIST LEADERS TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND BEST ORGAINIZED GUERRILLA FROCE IN VENEZUELA.)

7. THE REBEL CENTRAL COMMITTE AND FALN COMMAND HAVE TAKEN THE FOLLOWING MEASURES:

GUERRILLA COMMANDS HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED

NEW FALN COMMAND AND NEW BRIGADE COMMANDERS HAVEFOR THE CITY OF CARACAS. DETACHMENT AND TACTICAL COMBATCOMMANDERS IN CARACAS ARE BEING ORDERED TO ACCEPT THEOR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.

DESIGNATION OF THE NEW GUERRILLA COMMANDS ANDBEEN OFFICIALLY COMMUNICATED TO ALL GUERRILLA ZONES, WITHOF THE STATE OF LARA.

HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO REPRESENT THECOMMITTEE AT THE HAVANA CONFERENCE.

CLANDESTINE PCV RADIO TRANSMITTER WAS TAKENTHE REBELS AND MESSAGES WERE SENT TO THE SOVIETCHINA, CUBA, AND OTHER COUNTRIES, ANNOUNCINGPCV-FALN LEADERSHIP."

NEW LEADERSHIP WAS ALSO REPORTED TO THE LOCALFOR PUBLICATION.

HAS BEEN MADE BY THE REBELS WITHTHE HARD-LINE FACTION OF THE MOVEMENTS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY

SSWNITED COMMAND UNDER THE

NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT <FLN). THE MIR REPRESENTATIVES ACCEPTED THE. PROPOSAL.

H. THE REBELS ALSO ARE CONTACTING OTHER PERSONALITIES WHO ARE COLLABORATING WITH URBAN UNITS OF THE FALN IN ORDER TO INCORPORATE THEM INTO REGIONAL AND NATIONAL FLN GROUPS.

NATALE, COMMANDER OF THE FALN BRIGADE NO. 3

IN CARACAS, REFUSED TO JOIN THE REBELS AGAINST THE ESTABLISHED LEADERSHIP. VEGAS CASTEJON, OF THE REBEL GROUP, SUBSEQUENTLY RELIEVED HIM OF HIS POSITION ANDEW COMMAND OF THAT BRIGADE.

REBELS FEEL THAT THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS WITH1 IN CARACAS, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF EMBER CORD IDO.

THE REBELSEW COMMANDER OF FALN BRIGADEN CARACAS.

URBAN BRIGADES IN CARACAS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO RESUME OPERATIONS IN EARLY THEY ARE TO CARRY OUT OPERATIONS ALREADY PLANNED BY THE DISTRICT AND BRIGADE COMMANDS.

A SUM0ECENTLY RECEIVEDCOMMERCIAL" OPERATION AND WITHHELD BY THE REBELS FROM THE PCV LEADERSHIP, WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE CARACAS BRIGADES IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THEIR IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.

THE REBEL CENTRAL COMMITTEE PLANS TO INFORM THE PRESS OF ITS ACTIONS.

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THE POLITBURO OF THE PCV APPARENTLY HAS

TAKEN LITTLE IF ANY EFFECTIVE ACTION AGAINST THE REBELS IN ORDER TO PRESERVE PARTY UNITY. OOD MANY PCV AND FALN ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE HEARD ABOUT THESE EVENTS HAVE EXPRESSED OPPOSITION TO THE MANNER IN WHICH DOUGLAS BRAVO AND HIS GROUP HAVE CARRIED OUT THE STATE ARMY NAVY AIR CINCSO CINCLANT.

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