Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean

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Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean
Legión Anticomunista del Caribe
Participant in Cold War
IdeologyRight-wing politics
LeadersOrlando Piedra, Guy Banister
HeadquartersNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Area of operationsAmericas
Part ofGuatemalan Revolution
Cuban Revolution
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Cuban Missile Crisis
AlliesCIA (1954–1960s)
Nicaragua (1954–1973)
Dominican Republic (1954–1961)
Opponent(s)Cuba (1959–1970s)

The Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean (Spanish: Legión Anticomunista del Caribe, LAC), also known as the Anti-Communist Legion of the Caribbean, was an anti-Castroist right-wing group based in the Dominican Republic[1] funded by the dictators Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua and former Cuban Secret Police Chief Orlando Piedra.[2] The purpose of the group was to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro in Cuba. The group eventually became part of the World Anti-Communist League in 1967.

The group was made up of Spaniards, Cubans, Croatians, Germans, Greeks and right-wing mercenaries trained in the Dominican Republic.[3] The group staged a failed attempt to overthrow Castro in 1959.[4][verification needed]

The headquarters of the Anti-Communist League was at one time located at Guy Banister's New Orleans office.[5] The same location appeared on Fair Play for Cuba Committee leaflets distributed by Lee Harvey Oswald and such references to the league are often made in texts concerning conspiracy theories relating to Kennedy assassination.


  1. ^ Nordlinger, Jay (September 19, 2013). "More from the Anti-Che". National Review Online. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Scott, Peter Dale (1993) Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, University of California Press, p. 88
  3. ^ Anderson, Jon Lee (1997). Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. New York: Grove Press. ISBN 0-8021-1600-0. p 435
  4. ^ Robert D. Crassweller. Trujillo: The Life and Times of a Caribbean Dictator. MacMillan, New York (1966) p. 351
  5. ^