Communism is the best weapon for exploiting people
Santiago Álvarez was born on 1 December 1941 in Havana, Cuba, into a politically active family. His grandpa fought in the Cuban War of Independence and became an officer in the liberation army. His father became governor of the Matanzas province, served as a senator and spent several terms as a secretary of the Office of the President. During Castro’s revolution, Santiago’s family left Cuba. Santiago himself had emigrated in 1959 as the last one and settled in the US. Ever since 1960, he had taken part in armed resistance of the exiles against Castro’s regime, including combat aimed at the destruction of strategic targets in Cuba. In 1961, Santiago’s father took part in the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion attempt. As one of the few, he got out of it unharmed and returned to the US. In 1964, Santiago was the captain of one of military boats which evacuated two men infiltrated in Cuba. He graduated from construction engineering, founded a counstruction company in Florida and used much of the profit to finance the dissident movement. He still continues in his support for the Cuban opposition, organizes trainings for Cuban people in Florida, and strives to bring the dissent closer to regular Cubans.