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Partido Revolucionario Cubana (Autentico) PRC
Cuban Revolutionary Party (Autentico)

[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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Common Title:  PRC (A)

Title:  Partido Revolucionario Cubana (Autentico)
           Cuban Revolutionary Party (Autentico)

Name borne by various splinter groups of respected middle-of-the-road political party successively led by Ramon GRAU San Martin, [Carlos] PRIO Socarras, and Antonio DE VARONA.  All splinters cling to original liberal anti-communist, anti-socialist, free enterprise orientation of the party.  Two identifiable factions in exile.  (1)  PRC (A) in Miami aka PRC in Exile (PRCE), led by Lomberto de la Caridad DIAZ y Rodriguez and Ruben MENDIOLA Arana, which claims to have turned against Castro as early as September, 1958 and never to have participated in Castro government; opposes CRC; claims contacts with Autentico underground; separated from PRIO early 1959 when latter continued to cooperate with CASTRO; (2) PRC (A) in New York, headed by Carlos Manuel TORRES, which still maintains contact with PRIO and provides a base for his contacts with Rep. Victor L. Anfuso.   PRIO continues to entertain hopes of unifying all factions under his personality, having discussed unification in summer 1962 with VARONA  (who led many old Autentico members into "Rescate" in 1960, possibley [possibly] in hopes "Rescate" would become PRC action organization similar to old Organizacion Autentico (OA)), with MENDIOLA; and with Eusebio MUJAL (early Autentico labor leader later allied with Batista, and now CTC chief in exile).  Feliz LANCIS y Sanchez, titular head inside Cuba, is in prison.


As political party, dates back to 1933.  Opposed Batista consistently.  Set up clandestine Organizacion Autentico (OA) as action arm to fight Batista and Castro, successively.  PRIO (for OA) and VARONA (for PRC both signed Castro's 1958 Caracas Pact.  Autenticos, with long history of anti-communism, were among first political exiles after holding various high offices in initial months of Castro, Miami faction organized November 1960; New York faction, June 1961.   PRIO, accompanied by his secretary (Orlando PUENTE Perez) has worked more as individual than as PRC functionary.  Considerable guerrilla and sabotage has been attributed to "Autentico", but difficult to distinguish among PRC, OA and "Rescate" activities.


Miami faction claims 1,200 members; thus appears to be most nearly legitimate heir to PRC (A) title.  Claims of contact with underground must be discounted, since no visible assets or means of support.  All factions function more like political parties than clandestine organizations.

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