CUBA: Week of Waiting

After 16 months of sabotage and threats, Rebel Fidel Castro vowed to start his vaunted "total war" this week against the regime of President Fulgencio Batista. As Cubans waited the call to a general strike and armed attacks, the usual wave of bombings and skirmishes gave way to ominous silence. Batista made ready for the showdown by asking his obedient Congress to vote him emergency powers, including the right to impose martial law, govern by decree, and use troops to meet any strike.

In Santiago, the rebel hotbed, streets were quiet, bars deserted....

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