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March 03, 1971

MEMORANDUM FROM THE DIRECTOR FOR FEDERAL SECURITY, CAP. LUIS DE LA BARREDA MORENO

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    Using information gained in investigations into the Revolutionary Action Movement (MAR) as well as testimonies from the interrogations of Angel Bravo Cisneros and Fabricio Gomez Souza, Director for Federal Security Luis de la Barreda Moreno lists the names, pseudonyms, and addresses of suspected MAR members and the locations of Marxist schools in Mexico.
    "Memorandum from the Director for Federal Security, Cap. Luis de la Barreda Moreno," March 03, 1971, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AGN, Instituciones Gubernamentales Siglo XX, Secretaría de Gobernación, Dirección Federal de Seguridad, Movimiento de Acción Revolucionaria version pública, expediente 1/14, fojas 163-166. Obtained by Manuel Guerra de Luna and translated by Christopher Dunlap. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134841
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School of Guerrillas in Xalapa, Veracruz

As the investigations proceed on the members of the “Revolutionary Action Movement” who received a military training course in North Korea, according to the evidence collected in the International Airport of this city as well as the Foreign Relations Ministry (Department of Passports), and complementing the testimonies of Angel Bravo Cisneros and Fabian Gomez Souza[1], these individuals are believed to have received this instruction as well and are located in the following places:

Alejandro Lopez Murillo, aka “Antonio” or “Roberto,” aka “Ramón” or “Carlos Ramón Ramirez Gomez.”[2]

Luis Antonio Alvarado Martinez, native of Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua, born January 2, 1953, with passport number 07093 issued January 29, 1970. His residence at 27th Street, number 1710-A is an address known to be false.

Felix Edmundo Mendieta Ramos [is] single and a student with identification from Michoacán University, 19 years of age. Passport number 16541, issued 1970.

Horacio Arroyo Souza, native of Tuzantla, Michoacán, single, student in agricultural engineering with a residence at 197 Río Nazas in Morelia, Michoacán, with passport number 99715, issued August 12, 1969.

Baldemar Villarreal Alvarado, born in 1953, with an address at 311 Iturbide Street, and another residence at 59 Corregidora Street, with passport number 13275, issued 1970.

Martha Maldonado Sosa y Silva, with Ordinary Passport no. 38172 from 1962, daughter of Braulio Maldonado Sandez and Carlota Sosa, was issued a passport to travel to Russia.

Camilo Estrada Luviano, passport number 19914, was born in Huetamo, Michoacán. His address was registered but never found, and no prior information exists for this person, so it is inferred that the address is false.

Manuel Arreola Tellez, license plate number 7279782, issued in Coeneo, Michoacán in 1968. Student.

Juan Chavez Rocha, born in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, in 1950. His address is at Melchor Ocampo no. 1003, and was identified by his military service record number 7/21200/8

[Chavez Rocha] noted that his address was Melchor Ocampo no. 1003, but this number does not exist at that location, nor is it found in the communities of Magdalena Mixhuca, Ixtapalapa, or Apatlaco.

Regarding Baldemar Villarreal Alvarado: His uncle José Alvarado Barron also lives at the address of 59 Corregidora, Int. 22. The uncle stated that Baldemar had not lived with him for approximately six months, and that on one occasion, he and one of his friends, Donaciano Aldape Cortes, who lives at 104-A Apatlaco Avenue, Ixtacalco, Mexico City, said that in one or two years, [people] would be proud of them, because they would be working on something that would take away economic problems and resolve many situations, without specifying what they were referring to.

Also, we learned that in various places in the Republic, urban Marxist schools were established and operated for one or two months in the following locations:[3]

--In Querétaro, Querétaro, San Grimal Street, no. 1.

This property was investigated and found to belong to Rafael Velázquez Cabello, who lives at 5th of May Avenue no. 98, with the telephone number 2-18-80. On June 15, 1970, he signed the contract, terminating it on October 18th of the same year, paying the rent with 13 1,000-peso bills, with Salvador Castañeda Alvarez appearing as a contracting party and living with “Alfredo,” “Antonio,” “Juan,” “Simon,” and “Efrain."

During their stay at this location, a van with license plates from Michoacán and a Jeep with plates from Veracruz were seen, as they were visited by seven persons of a young appearance, who said that they were students from Culiacán, Sinaloa state.

--In Chapala, Jalisco, Zaragoza Street no. 168.

On the street just mentioned, the number 168 does not exist, since the addresses begin with 300 and end at 411. Number 368 is allotted to a house in which Ambrosio Cabrera, a traveling musician, lives. Cabrera has rented the property for a month and lives there with his wife and five children.

--In Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, on the highway to Morelia, next to the tax house, crossing the street, on a palm-lined avenue, toward the side, next to a radio station, [there is] a large plot with only one house. Regarding that [training] school, on Francisco I. Madero Avenue, in the Morelos community, in Pátzcuaro, there is an old house built on a 12,000 square meter plot, beside the radio station XEXL. Victor Manuel Jaimes Arellano and his family have occupied this property for three months, seemingly people of good habits.

--In Salamanca, Guanajuato, on the corner of Arnulfo Delgado and Netzahualpilli, Colonia San Pedro.

--In La Piedad, Michoacán, close to the “Diana” movie theater, next to an uncultivated plot.

--In Irapuato, Guanajuato, Terán Street number 198.

The investigation of these last three schools identified is ongoing.

The testimonies of Salvador Castañeda Alvarez are attached. Castañeda received a course of military training in North Korea, and in his private home located at Oriente Street no. 249, #83, Interior 3, in Colonia Agrícola Oriental, cartridges, weapons, military clothing, photographic cameras, recording devices, documents, and money that had been buried in bags on a hillside near the towns of Chimalhuacán and San Lorenzo, were all recovered.

Very respectfully,

Federal Director of Security

Captain Luis de la Barreda Moreno

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Re: Report on Baldemar Villarreal Alvarado

Mexico City, March 3, 1971

Federal Director of Security reports:

Baldemar Villarreal Alvarado is a native of Linares, Nuevo León, not from León, Guanajuato, as he is registered in the Foreign Relations Ministry with passport number 13275 issued February 3, 1970.

At the address of 59 Corregidora, Interior 22, an uncle of his named Jose Alvarado Barron lives with his wife, Maria del Socorro Luna de Alvarado.

Around September 20, 1970, Baldemar appeared at the 59 Corregidora address, saying that he would undertake some studies in a mine close to Durango, or some place in the west, but still has not returned.

Alvarado said that in a previous conversation with Baldemar and his friend Donaciano Aldape Cortes, who lives at 104-A Apatlaco Av., they told him that Baldemar’s father, Mr. Celso Villarreal, and his uncle[4] would be proud of them one or two years later, because they were working on something that would end economic problems and resolve many situations, without making further clarifications.

At Donaciano’s home, Baldemar received, on last Saturday or Sunday, a letter from his father Celso…[5]

[1] I believe that this must be Fabricio Gomez Souza, but have kept Fabian from the original document.

[2] I am not sure why there is a second aka or alias designation in the document for Lopez, but all four aliases seem to refer to this individual.

[3] It seems that six separate school locations are discussed in this document. I have noted distinct locations mentioned with a double dash.

[4] This is somewhat confusing, as his uncle Jose Alvarado is both the subject of Baldemar’s statement and the one relating the story.

[5] This is the end of the page, and no further pages were included in the document scan.