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Rescate Democratico Revolucionario RDR
Revolutionary Democratic Rescue

[REF: Cuban Counter Revolutionary Handbook 10 October 1962 by the CIA.
FBI HQ  file number  109-584-3387; NARA RIF Number  124-10279-10032]

[NOTE: The copies  were very hard to transcribe because of  poor photo reproduction. At points where the words were unreadable, three dots (...) were inserted to indicate a missing word or words. Words in brackets are not contained in the original.  FURTHER NOTE: Please consider the date, 10 Oct. 1962, when evaluating the organizations.]

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           A.  Common Title or Abbreviation:  "Rescate", RDR
           B.  Title:  Rescate Democratico Revolucionario
                          Revolutionary Democratic Rescue
           C. Affiliation with Other Groups:  Represented in original FRD and present CRC.  June 1962 Havana pact (JNR) with 30 Nov. MDC, UR, renounced in exile by VARONA.
           D.  Political Alignment and Basic Principles:  Middle-of-the-road.  Built by and around VARONA, who was political protege of PRIO Socarras and one-time head of PRIO's Autentico Party which advocated gradual economic and social reforms and preservation of free enterprise.  "Rescate" maintains this orientation, although organizationally unconnected with any current Autentico faction. Emphatically anti-socialist.
            E.  Leading Personalities:  In U. S. Manuel Antonio de VARONA Loredo, (powerful one-man head; individually, a CRC member, was Coordinator-General of FRD; signed Caracas Pact of Castro-allied forces 1958 as Autentico leader).  Mario DEL CANAL Ferrer, Raul MENDEZ Perez; Ramon A. Ruisanchez Piedad; Angel COFINO Garcia, Labor-politician since 1933; alleged Communist until 1940; signed 1950 Caracas Pact as part of "Labor Unity") Francisco PAEZ Martin (reportedly channel to underground inside Cuba; often named is contact by incoming refugees).  In Cuba; Alberto CRUZ Caso aka
"MARIO" may be I. W. Dario LOPEZ, who signed JNR unity pact.

     A.  Date and Place of Origin: Feb-March 1960.   Cuba
     B.  Principal Activities to Date:  Political-party background reflected in exile activities.  VARONA, as No. 2 man in CRC, adeptly maneuvers among exiles and Latin-Americans.  Driving force behind invasion (49 captured, 6 killed at Giron).  Bitterly opposed tactics and policies of Manolo Ray.  Underground activity difficult to assess because often attributed old-line Autentico action arm.

     A.  Estimated Membership:  Cuba 200  U. S. 2000 ELSEWHERE
     B.  Current Activities:  Promoting military recruiting; encouraging Latin American governments to prod U. S. into military action.  VARONA commands sympathy of some Caribbean heads of state, who have offered training sites.  VARONA bitterly criticized President Kennedy in August 1962 TV broadcast, and originally opposed Giron prisoners' ransom.  Relations currently strained with inside underground.  Active in propaganda.
     C.  Support Facilities:  Financial support from CRC and from private contributions.  Has mail and diplomatic pouch communications, including means for sending funds into Cuba.

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