The Americas: Split on Castro

Words, bombs and bullets were the way Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba's presence in Latin America echoed through the hemisphere last week. The words ranged from mildly disapproving to outraged at the OAS gathering of 21 nations at Punta del Este, Uruguay. Many of the assembled diplomats were forcibly reminded of Castro's disorganizing power back in their home territories. In Venezuela, pro-Castro violence left 32 dead, and for a time made things warm for the government of militantly anti-Castro President Rómulo Betancourt. Riots or demonstrations erupted in Brazil. Peru, Chile....

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