Cuba: Freedom Riders

A determined group of Cubans intent on escaping the austerities of Fidel Castro's Cuba provided a bloody counterpoint last week to the nation's celebrations of the tenth anniversary of Fidel's reign. In the largest single escape attempt of the Castro years, 88 managed to fight their way past border guards and through the barbed wire surrounding the big U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay,* near the island's southern tip. Fifty or 60 others were left behind, killed or captured by Cuban guards.

It was a well-planned attempt despite the losses. The organizer was...

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