Haiti 1959

Latin-American Exiles Granted Asylum in Cuba

Written: 1959;
Source: The Militant, Vol. 23, No. 13, 1959, p. 3;
Transcribed: by Amaury Rodriguez.
Transcriber’s note: This appeared in The Militant, organ of the US Socialist Workers Party (SWP), which sympathized with the Fourth International.

The new regime in Cuba is welcoming revolutionary exiles from all Latin American countries ruled by dictators. Many organizations of these exiles have been formed in Cuba. There are at least three groups opposing the Duvalier regime in Haiti. [1] Others oppose the dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Paraguay. While Cuba’s Castro regime announces that it will observe all diplomatic amenities of not permitting the actual organization of armed expeditions against dictator-governments to take place on its soil, it is protecting the exile groups and giving them moral support.


1. François “Papa Doc” Duvalier (1907-1971) ruled Haiti from 1957 to 1971. After Papa Doc’s death in 1971, his son Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier (1951-2014) succeeded him. In 1986, a popular revolt put an end to the reign of the Duvalier family.