Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Evening Independent, September 13, 1963, "New Raids Slated Soon - Fidel 'Treasury' Target of Exiles" by Miami Herald Service.

MIAMI - Cuban exile leader Dr. Orlando Bosch reported Tuesday his group has three twin-engine planes poised in Central American for additional bombing missions against the Castro regime.

The next raid will be "very soon," he maintained. Each attack, he estimated, costs $5,000.

Bosch, general coordinator of the [Insurrectional Movement of Revolutionary Recovery] (MIRR), said primary targets will be sugar mills, Russian troops encampments and ships carrying cargo to Cuba.

The MIRR has claimed credit for four bombing raids over Cuba, the latest early Sunday against the Jaronu sugar mill in Camaguey, one of [the] biggest on the island.

"We will continue hitting the sugar mills because they are the source of Castro's income," said Bosch, a 36-year-old former pediatrician from Santa Clara.

"From Oct. 1 on we are going to attack by air and sea any ships we find going to Cuba, especially Greek ships because they do more business with Castro than anybody else," he said.

Bosch declined to reveal the MIRR's Central American base. He conceded, however, that the flights were being undertaken with the knowledge of the host country.

The bombing crews are composed exclusively of Cuban exiles, he said.

"If we used any Americans and the plane was shot down, Castro would scream that the Central Intelligence Agency was behind it all," said Bosch.

The United States, he contended, was not helping the MIRR materially or morally.

Bosch said he differed with other exile action groups who are following a strategy of building up an invasion force with an apparent purpose of striking a full-scale blow at Castro.

"The main thing is to keep hitting Castro consistently and rattle him, then he will do something crazy," commented Bosch. "We know from letters we have received from Cuba that our raids have frightened the militia."

He further favors the infiltration of small commando units to train and equip the anti-Castro underground.

Two months ago, he said, five members of the MIRR smuggled 35 pieces of armament to sympathizers in Oriente Province.

"Presently, the anti-Castro underground movement is weak because of the repression and the fact everybody is watched all the time," Bosch declared.

He reported the MIRR totals only about 100 men - "but all of them are active; we don't believe in having members sitting around in coffee houses."

Copyright (c) 1963 Miami Herald Services

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