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Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo MRP
Revolutionary Movememt of the People

[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:  M. R. P.

     B.  Title:  Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo
                    Revolutionary Movememt of the People

     C.  Affiliation with Other Groups:  Mar-May 1961 in CRC

     D.  Political Alignment and Basic Principles:  Under RAY, MRP earned leftist reputation.  Aimed for Castro overthrow from within; advocated nationalization of economy, agrarian reform, utopian social reforms.  Present leadership avowedly for more moderate government under 1940 Constitution, end to Militia, break in relations with USSR.  Factionalism:  Dissatisfied with RAY's one-man leadership, in mid-1961 GONZALEZ (previously head of JEC and JOC) took over inside, and with this added Catholic support, sent MENDOZA to replace RAY; MENDOZA  resigned Feb. 1962, temporarily replaced by GODOY; May 1962 inside Directorate appointed FERNANDEZ, CHACON, and RAY as leaders in-exile; RAY refused because too busy with JURE.

     E.  Leading Personalities:  Founders:  Manuel RAY Rivero, now leader MRP faction in Puerto Rico and founder JURE; Raul CHIBAS, Ramon BARQUIN; Felipe PAZOS, now all in JURE with RAY; Jose MESTEVEZ; Rufo LOPEZ Fresquet; Andres VALDESPINO. Former members:  Ignacio MENDOZA, former new group; Jorge BERUFF, organizing ELC; Antonio VECIANA, leader Alpha 66; Reynol GONZALEZ, arrested.  Current leaders: Antonio FERNANDEZ Nueva; Javier CHACON; Joaquin GODOY, Eugenio CISNEROS, also working with RAY; In Cuba:  Jose PRINCE; Carlos PENIN; Pablo RAMIS; Ernesto HERNANDEZ.


     A.  Date and Place of Origin:  Oct 1960, Cuba

     B.  Principal Activities to Date:  Was hard-hitting guerrilla and sabotage outfit. Temporary CRC affiliation generated friction over policies and strategy.  Not usually responsive to U. S. or other exile guidance.  Inside Cuba, MRP generally survived effects April 61 invasion until Oct 61 arrest of GONZALEZ, compromise, and arrest of most other leaders.  Inside organization virtually nonexistent after October 1961.


     A.  Estimated Membership:  Cuba  1,200  mostly inactive  U. S. 300

     B.  Current Activities:  Exiles seeking permission from inside to join CRC, obtain needed financial support; if approval not received, GODOY FERNANDEZ may resign, join CRC as nameless group.  In Cuba MRP rebuilding; engage in intelligence collection, propaganda.

     C.  Support Facilities:  Embassy pouches used for communications.  Have no W/T. MRP asset in Havana Post Office forwards MRP mail; couriers used for internal contact.

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