CUBA: Hit-Run Revolt

Even for hot-tempered Cuba, 1956 has been a violent year. In October the two top policemen of the country were shot dead (and ten suspects mowed down by the cops). Earlier, a plan to assassinate President Fulgencio Batista was nipped, a provincial garrison was assaulted (eleven dead), an army plot was unmasked and 13 officers jailed. But what was supposed to be the main uprising was still to come. Last week it began.

The leader was a wellborn, well-to-do daredevil of 29, named Fidel Castro. As chief of a 1953 uprising in eastern...

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