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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Batista s Self-destruction and the Suspension of Arms

Batista s Self-destruction and the Suspension of Arms

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Contesting Castro

Thomas G. Paterson

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Batista's response to the increasing tension was to get even tougher. He closed all the public secondary schools and discouraged an effort by Roman Catholic bishops in Cuba to create a national unity in government. This effort at national unity died when Castro declined the offer. Stiff-arming the U.S. request to punish police officers and military officials known for severe brutalities, Castro instated a new chief of police and a new SIM chief. Looking for methods to influence Batista to lessen regime violence and to silence the furor due to Castro's rebellion, the State Department decided to enforce the disregarded terms of the 1952 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement.

Keywords:   Batista, Roman Catholic bishops, Castro, State Department, Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement

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