Mexico: Artist in Jail

Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos never says a word against Fidel Castro, and insists that in politics he is a leftist "within the constitution." Yet López Mateos has not hesitated to come down hard on troublesome leftists at home. Last week his regime came down hard on Mexico's No. 1 leftist (and No. 1 artist), David Alfaro Siqueiros. 65. The Communist painter, who has already been behind bars for 20 months, was sentenced to eight years in the federal penitentiary for "social dissolution"—i.e., troublemaking during student demonstrations in August 1960.

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