Revolutionary commander, anti-Castro activist Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo dies in Cuba

Eloy Gutiérrez Menoyo, who fought against the Batista dictatorship, then spent 22 years in prison for opposing Fidel Castro’s communist government and finally returned to Cuba as a peaceful dissident, died Friday in Havana.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Gutiérrez Menoyo, 77, died in Havana from an aneurysm, said Max Lesnik, a radio commentator from Miami who was in Havana at the time of his death.

Although Gutiérrez Menoyo was a commanding officer during the Cuban Revolution, he later fought against Fidel Castro’s regime.

In 1961, he fled to the United States and moved to Miami where he became a military leader for the newly formed anti-Castro group Alpha 66.

He returned to Cuba in 1964 with three men in hopes of launching an armed uprising, but was captured and spent 22 years in Cuban prisons. He was released in 1986 and sent to Spain before moving to Miami in 1987.

He moved back to Cuba permanently in 2003, where he served as a dissident voice for the country.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.

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