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Castro, Vilma Espin, and other Party members, he converted the second front of the Sierra del Cristal into a testing ground for the eventual Communist takeover. He belongs to the group of Raul Castro's faithful and is a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party.
His appointment to the national committee is an indication that the Politburo intends to establish control over one of the most explosive elements in Latin America: the peasant and small farmer.
Miguel Martin Perez, as secretary general of the Cuban Confederation of Workers, is the functionary controlling labor in Cuba. He is an old Party cadre trained by Blas Roca and Joaquin Ordoqui. His work for the Party has been rewarded with high offices in the "mass” organizations. Only last year, he was secretary general of the Union of Young Communists. He is a member of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party. His experience as a militant cadre in the early days of the revolution and his leadership of the Party's most important organizations in recent years are the reasons for his appointment to the committee. It is to be expected that he will exert his influence in a field considered as essential for a socialist revolution: labor.
Luis Gonzalez Marturelos, as national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, he is an integral member of the Ministry of Interior. This ministry, under the direction of Ramiro Valdes Menendez, is the organization that imposes the regime of terror now rampant in Cuba. The ministry coordinates all activities of state security including espionage and training and infiltration of agents. Specifically, the organization of Gonzalez Marturelos is charged with the recruiting of thousands of neighborhood spies who report every activity or utterance they see or hear. They are Cuba's most effective instrument of oppression.
Jaime Crombet, secretary general of the Union of Young Communists of Cuba is an adept hand at Party politics despite his youth. His allegiance to the Party is evidenced by the fact that his own mother is languishing in a Communist jail and his brother fled the country just ahead of the dreaded G-2 political police. He figured prominently in a political musical chairs game late last year when positions in the "mass” organizations were redistributed among Party hierarchy. He was president of the Federation of University Students. His predecessor in that post, Miguel Martin, is also a member of the national committee, as is his successor in the student federation, Enrique Velasco Lopez.
As president of F.E.U., Crombet was instrumental in organizing the OCLAE (Continental Organization of Latin American Students) which convened in Havana last July and August. Intensive efforts were made during that Congress to recruit cadres among the delegates for training, and eventual infiltration into their countries of origin.
Giraldo Mazola Collaco is director of ICAP, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples, whose main purpose and function is to organize meetings and conferences of various kinds and to facilitate travel to Cuba with a view to giving subversive training to students, workers, and professional people.
Enrique Velasco Lopez is president of F.E.U., Federation of University Students. An experienced young Communist leader, he was the guiding light of the 4th OCLAĚ Congress. In his keynote address he stated:
We are ready to close the classrooms and to renounce our achievements and glories for the purpose of defending not only our revolution, but every people who fight against imperialism.
On April 18, 1967, Enrique Velasco was in North Vietnam heading a three-man delegation from the OCLAE Secretariat. While visiting Thanh Hoa, the group allegedly was caught by a U.S. bombing raid. Velasco escaped unscathed while a Puerto Rican, Jose Varona (member of pro-Castro M.P.I.), was seriously injured and a Dominican, Danilo Fernandez, suffered light injuries. The incident was exploited to its fullest and the United States was accused of attacking the Latin American youths deliberately.
Eugenio Rodriguez Balari is editorial director of the weekly Communist Youth magazine, "Mella.” Rodriguez Balari, who lately has been using his mother's name instead of his own, is an old Party militant experienced in organizing industrial workers. In 1963, he was secretary general of the PURS, the Party Organization, of the Cotorro-San Miguel industrial district of Havana. He has very close contacts with the Puerto Rican agitators based in Havana and was a guest at a reception given by Narciso RABELL Martinez at the Puerto Rican "embassy." He is the secretary of the Cuban National Committee.
Irina Trapote, Mexican-born daughter of Victor Trapote, a Spaniard, who, after taking refuge in Mexico at the end of the Spanish Civil War, became one of Moscow's most important undercover agents.
It was Victor Trapote who engineered the infiltration and final takeover by the Communist Party of Fidel Castro's small band of guerrillas.
In 1957, Victor Trapote, accompanied by Candido Gonzalez Morales and Santiago Diaz Gonzalez, held secret meetings with Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra mountains. Trapote was able to surround himself with such secrecy that both the meeting and his presence in the mountains received no attention except by the Communists already infiltrated in the small group. One of those was Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Irina Trapote was married to Ramiro Valdes Menendez, Cuba's minister of interior and head of the secret police and espionage apparatus operating both in Cuba and abroad. Valdes had met Irina Trapote in 1956 while training in preparation of the invasion of Cuba by Fidel Castro's group.
Irina Trapote obtained a divorce from Ramiro Valdes on the grounds that he was incapable of fathering a child and later married Julian Lopez Diaz.
Julian Lopez Diaz had been posted to the Cuban embassy of Mexico City, ostensibly as third secretary and cultural attaché. In reality, Lopez' functions were far more sensitive; he was directing the smuggling of arms and money from Mexico to the Communist guerrillas in Guatemala.
As a matter of fact, Irina's husband was expelled from Mexico City after the Mexican authorities arrested him at the residence of Victor Hugh Martinez, a Guatemalan Communist operating in Mexico City. Julian Lopez, at the moment of his arrest, had on his person $6.000 in small bills.
Irina Trapote is also a member of the LASO Organizing Committee and has played an important role in the compilation of the "propaganda questionnaire" referred to earlier.
Luis Gonzalez Marturelos, General Coordinator of the Committees for the
Defense of the Revolution (C.D.R.).
In turn, the Cuban National Committee has appointed nine commissions, already functioning at this time, which have been assigned to carry out the tasks relative to the technical and material organization of the conference. These are:
Technical Organization Commission; charged with the selection and organization of the interpreting staff, the transcript equipment, typists, stenos, recordings, distribution of printed matter, direction of order in the meeting rooms and protocol.
Courtesy to Guest Members Commission; will attend to the invited guests on a regional basis and will be in charge of the guides and the information department which will be installed in the lobby of the "Habana Libre” (formerly the "Havana Hilton'') Hotel.
If past experience is an indication, this commission is composed in almost its entirety by carefully selected members of the Party, trained to spy and report on every activity of the participating delegates. The "guides,” usually young girls, are under orders not only to steer the delegates to the sites where a most favorable impression of the revolution can be obtained, but also to establish intimate relations for future exploitation.
Another unpublicized duty of this commission is the keeping, under flimsy excuses, of the passports and foreign currency of the delegates, thus wielding an almost total control over their movements.
Administrative Services Commission; will act in a coordinating and directive capacity for the purpose of improving the hotel service for the occasion and also of attending to the material needs of the other commissions.
Programs and Shows Commission; another commission created for the sole purpose of keeping the delegates entertained, thus preventing them from having any time available for side excursions which can prove embarrassing to the regime.
Ornamentation and Beautification Commission; the Cuban Politburo has left nothing to chance in order to impress the already biased delegates. Orders have been imparted for "face-lifting" the streets surrounding the hotel where the conference will be held.
To that effect a special group is designing special effects to be erected in the following streets and avenues:
Calle 23, La Rampa, Linea, G and Paseo in addition to Independence Avenue and the airport.
Dissemination of Propaganda Commission; will coordinate the dissemination of propagandă by means of the press, radio, television and movies; will also select and disseminate, through party organizations, the material designed to "inform” the Cuban people of the purpose of the Conference.
Credentials Commission; as with the Tricontinental Conference this commission will exercise a strict control on the admission of delegates.
Immediately after deplaning at the Rancho Boyeros Airport, the delegates will be artfully detained by customs and immigration officials while their credentials and passports are rushed to the hotel where they will be scrutinized; only then will the delegates be allowed to leave the airport for the conference H.Q.
Personnel Commission; charged with the selection of the specialized personnel necessary for the functioning of the Conference. This commission will carefully screen every Cuban who will come in contact with the delegates. This will be necessary to prevent the recurrence of incidents such as occurred at previous conferences where waiters, serving food impossible to obtain by most Cubans, rudely told foreign delegates, “Enjoy it, you are taking it from the mouths of our children who are hungry.
Transportation Commission; charged with requisitioning the best vehicles still available in Havana for the transportation of the delegates to prearranged sites of interest.