Dominican Republic: The Broken Record

The three-man OAS peace commission sat behind a hotel-dining room table in the provincial Dominican city of Santiago de los Caballeros, and for nearly five hours listened patiently to a stream of attorneys, labor leaders, businessmen, doctors, politicians and housewives. Some supported the loyalist cause of Brigadier General Antonio Imbert Barreras, firmly in command of 95% of the country; others pleaded for Rebel Leader Colonel Francisco Caamaño Deñó, insisting, "We are not Communists." At last the OAS team departed—to start again in another town. "It's all beginning to sound like a broken record," sighed the U.S.'s Ellsworth Bunker.

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