Juan Manuel “El Gordo” Salvat

09 Oct Juan Manuel “El Gordo” Salvat

Juan Manuel Salvat, affectionately known as “El Gordo Salvat,” as a University of Havana student leader protested Anastas Mikoyan’s visit to Cuba in 1960 which sealed Cuba’s entry into the Soviet camp while Mikoyan insulted the statue of José Martí with a hammer & sickle flower offering. After escaping through Guantánamo Salvat joined the struggle against the newly minted communist dictatorship co-founding the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil & later founding Librería & Editorial Universal which has published thousands of scholarly & literary works by Cuban exiles, thus chronicling & saving the historical record of a nation outside its borders.

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