CUBA: The Scolding Hero

"Announcement!" shouted Rebel Major Humberto Sori Marin from the concrete arena of the Havana Sports Palace. "This man is being tried for murder and robbery." The crowd of 15,000 roared its approval. "And he is an assassin," added Sori Marin, chief of the three-man panel charged with deciding guilt or innocence. "You know what the sentiments of Fidel Castro are about this trial," he said, and thoughtfully told the spectators: "Do not throw pop bottles."

Thus one night last week began Fidel Castro's showpiece trial, first of a planned 1,000 trials in the...

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