MEXICO: Split Personality

In cell No. 20 in Mexico City's Lecumberri Prison last week, a grey-haired prisoner lay on his bunk and refused all food, though he occasionally took a swig of water to ease his hunger pains. At 64, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexico's No. 1 Communist and No. 1 living artist, was on a hunger strike. His stomach troubled him, but Siqueiros was adamant: "I will continue until we get justice."

Jailed three months ago on a technical charge of "social dissolution," i.e., stirring up trouble with Communist propaganda, Siqueiros is not striking because of...

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