CUBA: End of Hope

Less than seven weeks after he restored personal freedoms in Cuba, President Fulgencio Batista snatched them back again. Last week the eighth suspension of constitutional guarantees since Fidel Castro began his revolt 15 months ago renewed for 45 days the government's power to censor the press, disperse public meetings, raid homes without warrants, jail citizens without charges.

With that went glimmering the last faint hope of settling the rebellion peacefully. Castro, in effect, had already rejected the Roman Catholic Church's proposal for a government of national union, declaring that "no self-respecting Cuban...

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