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Madhouse: Castro s Victory, Smith s Defeat

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/9780195101201.003.0021
Madhouse: Castro s Victory, Smith s Defeat

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People knew that President Batista had fled. Looking out of their windows, habaneros could only see SIM and police cars fleeing away to an unknown destination. Cubans seemed “afraid to trust their liberation. They were afraid of the empty streets and the silence.” M-26-7 soldiers who had lived underground now cheered and hugged openly, not hating the many demonstrators surrounding them who had become instant rebels. Cars filled with 26th of July emblems strolled the streets honking horns proclaiming the good news. Others broke shop windows, looting clothes and furnishings meant to be sold to rich Cubans.

Keywords: Batista; SIM; police cars; demonstrators; M-26-7; 26th of July

Chapter.  5133 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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