CUBA: Trappings of Election

Havana displayed all the trappings of free election. Lampposts and palm trees blossomed with posters and pictures; fist-shaking candidates appealed nightly over TV; Cuban radios boomed their promises. The government announced that 72% of the island republic's 2,870,678 eligible voters had picked up their voting permits. And around the country the polls were provided with enclosed booths where the voter could even split his ticket, deposit it in a sealed ballot box.

But Cuba was only going through the motions. Between them. Dictator Fulgencio Batista and Rebel Chief Fidel Castro had throttled...

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