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Movimiento Democrata Cristiano MDC
Christian Democrat Movement

[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. D. C. Democratica Cristiana

     B.  Title:  Movimiento Democrata Cristiano
                Christian Democrat Movement

     C.  Affiliation with Other Groups: CRC, JNR, ELN, CCODC, JUDEC and BIAC (not all factions of MDC of MDC affiliated with groups named.)

     D.  Political Alignment and Basic Principles:  Slightly right of cent; established by Jose RASCO in Cuba as Christian Democratic force to oppose growth of Communist power in late '59; protested Castro economic policy, INRA, communist influence, failure to hold elections; basic principles based on modern Catholic doctrine.  Split by factionalism.  Basic groups:  1)  FERNANDEZ Badue (war name: LUCAS), in CRC; 2)  DEL JUNCO, considered in Cuba as real leader of exile; 3)  BATISTA Falla, losing influence; 4)  Ernesto RODRIGUEZ and Jose RASCO.  Factions differ re CRC, U. S. policies.

     E.  Leading Personalities:  In U. S.:  Jose FERNANDEZ Badue (LUCAS), CRC delegate; Alberto DEL JUNCO Mesa; Laureano BATISTA Falla; Ernesto RODRIGUEZ; Jose Ignacio RASCO; Enrique ROS; Ruben CENAL; Jorge MAS Canoso [Canosa].  In Cuba: Francisco LAGO O.; Jose Antonio COSTA; Carlos MONTES, leader of largest faction; Guillermo ARA; Dr. Edelman NOGUEIRA.  Msgr. Eduardo BOZA Masvidal, who travels throughout Latin America and the U. S., is influential in MDC as advisor and theoretician.


     A.  Date and Place of Origin:  RASCO began organizing in Cuba in late 1959; MDC Manifesto published in Havana 13 April 1960.

     B.  Principal Activities to Date:  Formed effective Christian Democratic political organization; after publication of Manifesto in Diario de la Marina, CASTRO closed down this famous newspaper; various factions active in resistance since 1959; signed Havana Pact forming JNR, June 1962; BATISTA Falla faction staged anti-CRC/US rally and hunger strike, Bayfront Park, Miami, May 1962; MDC group is member CCODC in Puerto Rico.


     A.  Estimated Membership:  Cuba 600  U. S. 1200  ELSEWHERE 60

     B.  Current Activities:  Trying unite factions; DEL JUNCO not acceptable to MIRO; RASCO on CRC mission in Latin America.  Many sabotage plans, but no means to implement.  Cellular organization inside.

     C.  Support Facilities:  Diplomatic pouch for communication; finances from CRC, private donations, bond sales.  Probably assisted by inside Catholic and lay organizations.

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