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Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil en el Exilio | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil en el Exilio


Historical Note:

El Directorio Revolucionario Estudianil en el Exilio (Students Revolutionary Directorate in Exile), also known as the Directorio Revolucionario 13 de Marzo, was founded in Miami in 1960 by former University of Havana students exiled as a result of the Cuban Revolution. Founders included Luis Fernández-Rocha, Juan Manuel Salvat, Pedro Ynterian, General Fatjo Miyares, Luis Gutíerrez, Bernabe Peña, Isidro Borja, Elio Mas Hernández, and Ernesto Fernández Travieso. These exiled students were originally members of Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil (DRE) in Cuba, one of the largest organizations in Cuba’s insurrectionary struggle. After 1959, the DRE became a revolutionary resistance faction.

The DRE in exile was dedicated to activities that could foment clandestine movements against the communist ideology of the Revolution. The mission of the organization was to make trips to the island with the aim of starting clandestine movements against the communist ideology established in Cuba. The group’s most common activities included infiltration on the island, sabotage, TV and radio programming, propaganda campaigns to save the lives of the political prisoners Alberto Muller and Miguel Garcia Armengol. The DRE established chapters in various US and Latin American countries to extend their reach.

As part of their propaganda efforts, DRE in exile published many pamphlets for distribution in Cuba and throughout Latin America and the US. The organization also published several newsletters and newspapers, including Cuban Report, DRE Boletin Informativo, Entre Nosotros, and Trinchera.







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