Anti-Communist Legion of the Caribbean

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Anti-Communist Foreign Legion of the Caribbean
Legión Anticomunista del Caribe
LeadersOrlando Piedra, Guy Banister
Dates of operation1954–1970s
HeadquartersNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Active regionsAmericas
IdeologyRight-wing politics
Part ofGuatemalan Revolution
Cuban Revolution
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Cuban Missile Crisis
AlliesCIA (1954–1960s)
Nicaragua (1954–1973)
Dominican Republic (1954–1961)
OpponentsCuba (1959–1970s)

The Anti-Communist Foreign Legion of the Caribbean (Spanish: Legión Extranjera Anticomunista del Caribe, LAC) was an anti-Castroist right-wing paramilitary 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. It was dissolved in August 1961 following Trujillo's death.

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]

A different organisation called the Anti-Communist League later had its headquarters 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. However the Legion and League were separate organisations with no apparent connection except in their opposition to Castro's Cuba.


  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. ^ "For the Record #288 - Update on the JFK Assassination". 2001.