Zanzibar: The Cuckoo Coup

An air of weird unreality hung over the sleepy, sun-baked capital of the world's newest "people's republic." Cuban-trained "freedom fighters" sporting Fidelista beards and berets stalked the narrow twisting streets. Carloads of whooping blacks careered through the Arab and Indian quarters, looting and shooting. Radios blared ominous messages of doom and death. From the hood of one car dangled a grisly trophy: the testicles of a murdered Arab.

The coup that last week toppled Zanzibar's month-old government had its roots in racial conflict. Africans outnumber Arabs 5 to 1 on the tiny twin islands of Zanzibar and Pemba (pop. 310,000)....

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