Dominican Republic: Ramfis in Power

The Dominican Republic's new dictator, Rafael Leonidas ("Ramfis") Trujillo Jr., 32, was proving himself more adroit than anyone had expected. Judging—perhaps correctly—that a full-scale blood bath to avenge his assassinated father might bring the U.S. Marines pounding into Ciudad Trujillo, Ramfis was even willing to let the Organization of American States send in a team of investigators to see how well he was behaving.

As the four-nation team from Panama, Colombia, Uruguay and the U.S. arrived last week, the Dominican radio asked all citizens to "report arbitrary acts of excesses of officials or employees of the government." Juan Abbes Garcia, the...

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