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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 11. 1962

Cuban Students Sent To Prison

Cuban Students Sent To Prison

Encouraged by Fidel Castro himself, a puppet student executive named and had executed at least twenty students for "counter revolutionary activities". So says Luis Boza Dominguez in a pamphlet called "The Perversion of a University", published in Chile by Editorial del Pacific, S.A.

Dominguez heads the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantial, a group largely composed of expatriate Cuban students.

The pamphlet alleges that, after an initial promise of intellectual freedom for the Cuban Universities, Castro organized his own student executive, headed by members of the Government, and demanded that all students conform to its regulations.

Dominguez says that the FEU (Federation of University Students) organized by Castro then set out to criticize and openly oppose anti-Castro demonstrations. In incidents involving Conte Aguero, popular Havana television commentator, FEU members used force to prevent students from demonstrating in favour of Aguero's anti-communist speeches.

"Gag" tribunals, the pamphlet says, were organized to imprison "dissidents" who opposed the moves of the FEU. In the course of these tribunals the FEU named and had imprisoned at least 110 anti-Castro anti-communist students.