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    The Cuban areas of downtown Miami, normally bustling with activity, were strangely quiet, Apr. 12, following rumours that many Cuban refugees had gone to New Orleans to train for an anti-Castro invasion.

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    The Cuban areas of downtown Miami, normally bustling with activity, were strangely quiet, Apr. 12, following rumours that many Cuban refugees had gone to New Orleans to train for an anti-Castro invasion.

    In an interview at the Baltar Building in New Orleans, Apr. 13, Senor Aracha Smith, former Cuban diplomatic representative in India, admitted that he recruits his fellow-countrymen for an invasion force. Aracha Smith, who heads an anti-Castro movement known as the Democratic Revolutionary Front, said the recruits were sent to another location for training. He insisted, however, that none of the training areas were in Louisiana.

    Film shot in the Florida Keys, the same day, shows a fleet of small boats which the Cubans are believed to be using in their training activities.

    Matters came to a head on Apr. 15, when Cuban Army Chief Raul Castro ordered all troops to report immediately to their bases, following a bomb attack by three unidentified aircraft on the airports of Havana and Santiago.

    One of the planes was reported shot down in flames over Havana, where an ammunition dump was hit. Two American-built bombers with Cuban markings later landed in Florida.

    A Visnews cameraman was arrested when trying to film bomb damage in Havana.

    In New York, a spokesman of the Cuban Revolutionary Council said the bombing attack had been carried out by planes which had destroyed Castro's air force. At an emergency session of the UN Political Committee, Cuban Foreign Minister Raul Roa said the responsibility for the attacks "rests squarely on the United States". He said it was "an act of international piracy".

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    Film ID:
    VLVANAPY1AG4G0RDMTTTR4J3Y625
    Media URN:
    VLVANAPY1AG4G0RDMTTTR4J3Y625
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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