Item id369709 - José Andreu

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José Andreu

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  • 2013 July 2 (Creation)

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José Andreu, Chief of Civil Affairs from the Brigade G5 during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. After studying philosophy in Germany and management of cooperatives in England, and receiving a law degree from the University of Madrid in Spain, Andreu returned to Cuba in early 1960 and became editor of Villanueva University’s newspaper. As editor of El Quibú, he wrote many articles criticizing Castro’s orientation of the revolution, and in February 1960, he staged a protest with other students against the regime in the Parque Central de la Habana (Havana Central Park). He then caught the attention of intelligence officers at the U.S. embassy in Cuba and was invited to participate in actions against the regime as an exile where was assigned number 2501 in the Brigada Asalto 2506 for being the first person to sign up for the Bay of Pigs operation. Following the invasion of the Bay of Pigs, Andreu was detained for 20 months in Cuba, but returned to Miami in 1962 under an agreement made by the United States and Cuba, and has since remained in exile in the United States.

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