Friday, May 20, 2011

BRAC: Cuba's political police of the 1950s (updated)

A BRAC badge on display in a Havana museum

BRAC stands for Buró de Represión de Actividades Comunistas or Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities.
The agency fought against supporters of Fidel Castro in the 1950s.

May 23 update: Pedro Pablo Bilbao provides useful context and background about BRAC in a post on Emilio Ichikawa's website. He wrote:
It should be clear that ALL agencies of the Batista dictatorship did battle against Fidel Castro, from the assault on the Moncada (July 26, 1953) onwards, because Castro declared war against the Batista dictatorship.
There's no reason to single out BRAC as an anti-Castro force, Bilbao wrote. He said:
By contrast, Marilu Uralde Cancio points out that the BRAC had its "priority levels within the opposition: first the Communists, against which it carried out thousands of investigations and blamed for any strike or sign of protest, second, the 'Authentic Party,' whether or abstainers or insurrectionaries, and finally, the Orthodox Party."

1 comment:

Cuba Journal said...

Gee! We Fidelistas don't have the BRAC to kick around any more. It is in the garbage can of history, and so is Fulgencio!