CUBA: Strong Man's Law

Setting aside Cuba's democratic 1940 constitution, Fulgencio Batista, the country's boss since the March 10 revolution, last week handed down a formula by which he expects Cuba to live for the next 20 months. The rules, listed in 275 articles of a "constitutional law," were as rigid as a set of military orders.

All political parties were dissolved. Congress, by being left unmentioned, was suspended (though Congressmen will go on drawing their pay). The freedoms of press speech and assembly and the right of habeas corpus were guaranteed, but the guarantees were handily...

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