Huber Matros, a Cuban revolutionary who helped President Fidel Castro to overthrow the Batista regime in 1959, is now free after serving twenty years in Cuban jails after turning against Castro.
SV INTERIOR: Huber Matos Cuban revolutionary (on left) seated with French interpreter facing newsmen in Paris. (3 shots) (MUTE)
CU: Matos speaking in Spanish and being interpreted into French with newsmen taking notes. (3 shots)
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Background: Huber Matros, a Cuban revolutionary who helped President Fidel Castro to overthrow the Batista regime in 1959, is now free after serving twenty years in Cuban jails after turning against Castro.
SYNOPSIS: Huber Matos was released last October (1979), and together with his father and sister flew to Costa Rica. Since that time, he has been travelling, meeting exiled Cubans, and denouncing the Castro regime. On Thursday (19 June) he gave a press conference in Paris.
The real traitor, he said, is Fidel Castro himself. He says the atrocities which Castro is now committing, are driving people out of Cuba, and are worse than ever before. Mr. Matos says that he is not a counter-revolutionary, but a true Cuban revolutionary. Before his split with Castro Mr. Matos was a military commander who had risen to the highest rank and had been given command of Camaguay province. In March 1958, he took a planeload of arms and ammunition from Costa Rica to Castro's besieged forces in the Sierra Maestra mountains of eastern Cuba. Disillusionment with the Castro revolution came within a year when Mr. Matos decided that the direction of the revolution had gone Marxist Leninist, and together with other friends he felt that he could no longer associate himself with the movement. In October 1959 together with others, he was arrested, tried for treason, and given a twenty year sentence. Mr Matos now accuses Castro of allowing Moscow to take over in Cuba without any restrictions, and in his opinion, subjecting a free people to the service of Communism.
He has accused Fidel Castro of having a passion for power and establishing a regime more repressive than Stalin with he says, arrests and tortures, rationing and starvation.