HAVANA (Oct. 18)
The authorities have granted official recognition to the recently organized Nazi party of Cuba, whose original application for legal status had been rejected because it contained “legal defects.”
An official of the Havana Provincial Government disclosed that the original application had been turned down because the party’s program contained clauses advocating racial discrimination, which was in contradiction to the Cuban constitution. The party’s new statutes omit all reference to race.
Head and founder of the Nazi organization is Juan Prohias, Cuban journalist. In a statement recently, he explained the party adopted the Nazi label “because Nazism signifies the opposite extreme of communism, which we plan to fight mercilessly.” The party, which has adopted the white shirt and blue necktie as its uniform, plans a nation-wide political campaign to elect delegates to the constituent assembly.
It was also disclosed that application for official recognition has been made by a group calling itself the Cuban fascist party. Although no decision has yet been made on the application, government spokesmen said it would probably be approved since the party’s avowed program was in conformity with Cuban democratic principles. The same spokesmen cited recent legalization of the Communist Party of Cuba, which had always been prohibited, as an example of the more liberal attitude of the Government in political affairs.