CUBA: Rally Round the Maypole

No matter how serious his economic troubles or how worrisome his new opposition in the hills, Fidel Castro can always make himself feel good again with one simple device: staging a rally, with chants, parades and a thunderous ovation from the excited mob. Last week, as May Day approached, Castro faced the threats of guerrilla war by former followers and heavy unemployment in the fields below once the sugar harvest was ended. He concentrated on producing the biggest May Day demonstration in Cuban history.

Slogans & Guests. Though full-page ads in the government press called for 1,500,000 workers, and Castro...

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