CUBA: Revolution at Dawn

Batista is back. The tough, smiling ex-sergeant, who bossed Cuba through eleven years of "disciplined democracy," this week toppled President Carlos Prio's constitutional regime from power in an almost bloodless army revolution.

Strong Man Fulgencio Batista, at 51 an old campaigner who had overturned half a dozen other presidents in his time, pulled the lanyard at 2:43 a.m. Monday. Aided by younger elements in the army, navy and police force, he achieved complete surprise. With a group of captains and lieutenants he seized control of Camp Columbia, the key army base outside Havana from which he first rode to power...

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