Eduardo René Chibás Rivas
(1907 in Santiago de Cuba
- August 16, 1951 in Havana
) was a Cuban politician who used radio
to broadcast his political views to the public. He primarily denounced corruption and gangsterism rampant during the governments of Ramón Grau
and Carlos Prío
which preceded the Batista era
. He believed corruption was the most important problem Cuba faced.
Chibás is considered to have had influence on Fidel Castro
's views but his name is not mentioned in today's Cuba because he was avowedly anti-communist
. However, Fidel Castro wrote an essay praising him, published in the Communist Youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde on August 26, 2007.
In 1947 he formed the Ortodoxos party
which had the goal of exposing government corruption and bringing about revolutionary change through constitutional means. Castro also joined as he considered Chibás as his mentor. Chibás lost the 1948 election for president, coming in third place. He was an extremely strong critic of that election’s winner, Carlos Prío Socarrás.
On August 5, 1951, Eduardo Chibás walked into radio station CMQ in Havana, for his weekly radio broadcast.That day he had promised to furnish the evidence supporting his claim that education minister Aureliano Sanchez Arango
was embezzling money. Instead, he talked about other topics, warned that Fulgencio Batista
might attempt a military coup, and made a farewell statement.... Read More