CUBA: Law of Flight

In Havana last week the Porra, President Machado's strong arm squad, made a tactical mistake which became the sensation of the Spanish speaking world. One night the body of an obscure student, Mariano Gonzalez Gutierrez, was found shot dead, sprawled on its face near a warehouse which the police claimed was full of arms and munitions. Brazenly the Porra admitted the shooting, justified it under the Ley de Fuga ("Law of Flight"). Student Gonzalez, they said, had been arrested while prowling near the warehouse. He was shot "while attempting to escape."

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