U.S. Policy / Dominican Republic

Gutierrez, Carlos Maria. The Dominican Republic: Rebellion and Repression. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1972. 172 pages.

Carlos Maria Gutierrez is an author and activist who interviewed Fidel Castro in the Sierra Maestra in 1958, and was imprisoned in Uruguay after the publication he edited was suppressed by the government in 1969.

This book covers the Dominican Republic from 1961-1971, and mentions the assassination of Trujillo in 1961, police training by AID's Office of Public Safety, CIA conduits (the J.M. Kaplan Fund and the Institute of International Labor Research, which involved U.S. socialist Norman Thomas), the populist movements of 1965 which prompted the U.S. invasion, and the repression that followed under Joaquin Balaguer. Other chapters deal with the Catholic Church, the trade unions, and various political parties. Juan Bosch, the constitutional president overthrown in 1963 with U.S. encouragement, is interviewed on pages 82-114. After the U.S. invasion, Bosch was defeated by Balaguer in an election marked by anomalies.


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