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Terrible Mood: Castro and the General Strike

Thomas G. Paterson

in Contesting Castro

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780195101201
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0013
Terrible Mood: Castro and the General Strike

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Tensions increased in Cuba in late March and early April of that year; everybody prepared themselves for a violent showdown. Larger numbers of Latin American, European, and U.S. reporters roamed around the island, witnessing first hand police and rebel violence. Batista prepared his troops for a rebel-developed general strike. His troops chased dissidents of types, killing M-26-7 suspects on the spot. Rebel units also destroyed Oriente Province, battling with Cuban forces, stopping traffic. The U.S. Embassy initiated the early phases of evacuation plan for its citizens.

Keywords: Cuba; Castro; Batista; M-26-7; Oriente Province; U.S. Embassy

Chapter.  4733 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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