CHAPTER V
RETURN OF PRIO AND CONSPIRATORIAL ACTIVITIES

EVERY MEANS WAS used to create a favorable climate that would facilitate the return of Dr. Prio to Cuba. Juan Amador Rodríguez, journalist and a member of the "Auténtico" Party, traveled repeatedly to Miami and agreed with Prio on a date for his return. A day before the agreed date a large shipment of arms was seized in Havana, together with a group plotting to start an insurrection on Prío's arrival. A few hours later, a mortar was discovered installed on a roof near the Presidential Palace, to be used to kill the President of the Republic and his family during the revolt. Dr. Prío, informed of the plot's failure, cancelled his trip.

Nevertheless, the Government held to its guarantees. Prio arrived in Havana early in August, 1955. He settled on his farm on the outskirts of the city. There he received his sympathizers and friends, apparently to set up a political organization but, in reality, to plan an insurrection.

Prío sympathizers and party members participated in the military conspiracy of April 4, 1956. The attack on the "Goicuría" barracks* in the capital of Matanzas Province took place on the 29th.

As proof of this, I note that Prío had already declared over

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*
A group of seditious friends of ex-President Prío left from the Margot mine near the Matanzas capital in a caravan of automobiles and trucks to make a surprise attack on the Goicuría garrison. Heading this group was the activist Reynold García.

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