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Fidel Castro is considered by many to be a totalitarian dictator who completely and consciously confines the freedoms of a nation As Thomas M Leonard expressed in his book Castro and the Cuban Revolution Castro tightened his grip on the nation All labor social and professional organizations are directed by the state The press is controlled There is no room for opposition Dissidence means arrest and prison sentences Taking this into account people may speculate on how it is that Castro came to power with popular support in 1959 However those who are unsure of the reasons of Castros ascension to power have not recognized the shortcomings of Castros predecessor Fulgencio Batista Having identified and comprehended the considerable inadequacies of the Batista government one can state that Castros rise to power was significantly influenced by the overwhelming anti-Batista sentiment in Cuba during the revolution of 1959Batistas rule came about not through the democratic process that was typical of Cuban society at that time but through a successful coup detat His rule was illegitimate and was maintained through repressive purposes Initially Batistas rule was either supported or met with indifference by the majority of the Cuban population with the exception of student groups and rebels Batista used his well-developed populist touch to assure the population that he was attempting to institute economic reforms and bring an end to the rampant corruption within the government The Cuban people were in a position where they desired a strong government to restore the law and order that had been lacking during the previous government administration They were too demoralized and disorganized to resist such a military coup The reality of the situation in Cuba was that the previous administration had been so atrocious that a transformation was needed no matter the origin of that changeDespite the sizeable amount of support Batista received from some factions of the Cuban population initially there were groups that
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