Zanzibar: Threats & Protests

As an uneasy quiet settled over East Africa, eyes turned back to the tiny island 22½ miles off the coast where the region's troubles had all begun two weeks ago. Though there appeared to be no active, political connection between the mainland mutinies and Zanzibar's new leftist regime, it seemed that the island violence had flashed like chain lightning across the Zanzibar Channel. "It's like prison riots," said an experienced U.S. official. "When one explodes, the others begin to pop off."

Though Washington and London withheld recognition, many officials clung to the...

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