DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Turnabout

Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, who perennially lays claim to the title of the most anti of the hemisphere's antiCommunists, reversed himself last week. He announced that the Dominican government, meaning Trujillo, would put through its docile National Congress a constitutional amendment legalizing the Communist Party. Also scheduled to be made respectable by the same law: the Brooklyn-based Jehovah's Witnesses sect, banned since 1957, largely at the behest of Roman Catholic authorities.

Trujillo's turnabout was a nose-thumbing answer to the U.S. Government and the Roman Catholic Church, which have been pressing him to...

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