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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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Madhouse: Castro s Victory, Smith s Defeat

Madhouse: Castro s Victory, Smith s Defeat

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Contesting Castro

Thomas G. Paterson

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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

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