CUBAN MILITIA BECOMING INSTRUMENT OF POLICE STATE

Created: 11/21/1960

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OA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM ': -RELEASE AS7

Cuban Militia Becoming Instrument of Police State

In an eifori to strengthen its control, the Castro regime isgivmg intensive training throughout the islandilitia force ofhis force wase last year after tab Communist urging, End thereuddsn intensification of organization andih theinspired "war spirit" in late October and earlywhen the alleged threat of an "Imminent invasion" from thes used toationwide mobilization.

The militia, whichumber of similarities to the Chinese Communist militia, is notorce for policetuifelatively large number cf Cubans to military discipline ?nd political Indoctrination. It also provider the regimeheap labor force, reducing the threat of politicaltemming from the chronic unem-ployrac.it problem. With extensive Communist penetration at all levels, the militia could also prove valuable against anti-Caitro activity in the less politically reliable regular armed forces.

While the bull; of militiamen and women undergo regular part-time military training andard core of the militia is assigned full-time duties normally theof the regular arcned forces.^-

militia units are oeing

trained in the use of aniiaircrait artillery, are preparing to manufacture antitank mines "and other similarnd are assuming responsibility for outlying stations of thecommunications network, among other duties.

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