Dominican Republic: Comedy & Public Violence

Among other things, President Héctor García-Godoy and his beleaguered provisional government could use a good laugh. Last week they got at least a chuckle—from a bloodless, sadly undernourished attempted coup that looked like something out of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The government knew the coup attempt was being plotted, but hardly anybody took it seriously. Shortly before 2 a.m. one day last week, Dr. T. Alcibíades Espinosa, a gynecologist and nabob of a small, far-right group with almost no support among the military, marched into the National Historical Archives Building in the inland city of Santiago, followed by a corporal's guard...

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