THE CUBAN MILITIA

Created: 11/23/1960

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THE CUBAN HI LIMA

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tbs Castro regimeto strengthen and tighten its police stats control, it la evident that ono of its primary inotruments is tbsores ofbeing organized withefficiency throughout the island. Organizationally distinct froa tbe regular armed forces, this militiaopulation basisan militia in tho United States.

First organized after long Communist urging late last year, tbe militia has groan markedly in roceat weeksesult of the officially inspired "war spirit" of late October. Tbe threat of an "imminent invasion"

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frpa theod States vss used toationwideandao intensive training program to prepare "tbe people" to roslst "imperialist Although tbe noblllratloo and "the defenso of ourtioa by the Socialist countries" oov sre credited with having staved off the immediate threat

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of invasion, the militiato bo strengthened.

Tbs Cuban militia, similar lo organisation and purpose to that of Communist China, is notorce for police control,eans ofarge number of Cubans to military discipline and political Tbe militia also provides tbe regimeheap labor force while it reduces the threat of political unrest steaming from Cuba's chronically serious unemployment problem. It could also prove valuable against autlgovornaent activity in tbe leas politically reliable regular araed forces.

Communist penetration is ejcteneive at all levels of the militia. In Communist Jargon,

the organizationilitia in synonymous with "the arming of then objective which Communist and pro-Castro groups throughout Latin Anerlca claimecessary ingredientuccessful revolution and must be accompanied by tbeof th* regular araed forces.

While the bulk of militiamon and women--undergo regular part-timetraining; and politicala hard core is assigned full-tims duties1 ly tbe responsibility of ths regular armed forces, c'

llltiatrained In antiaircraft artillery, are preparing to manufactureother similar objects,"and are operating at least some of the outlyingof tbe Internal coaaunlca-tIons network.

he economic alssloa headed by Cbe Guevara arrived Id Peipingfter receiving high-level attention and lavish pralss at earlier stops in Prague and Moscow. In Peiping, Guevara bad aa "Intimate" talk with aao Tse-tusc ooovemberalled Communist China for Its "defense of bur newbornadding; tbat Communistears ofbaaew road for tbe Americas." ourhinese commune, Guevara said that "the Latin American people bav* many things to lsars from be people's communes and all the othersystems adopt* bv China.?

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