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CUBA THE TOTALITARIAN REGIME THAT STILL GOES ON Introduction When Columbus came to Cuba in 1492 he and his predecessors would probably never have imagined of this islands outcome within the centuries ahead from conquering the country to its independence to the totalitarian regime put into it all these major events have made the island what it is today Before giving the whole story about the Communists one must understand how the country was born so heres a little bit of a background history Spain had conquered Cuba in 1511 under Diego Velasquez Frequent insurrections failed to end Spains harsh rule From 1868 to 1878 occurred the Armed rebellion known as the Ten Years War led by plantation owner Carlos Manuel de Cespedes a co-author of Cubas declaration of independence After the loss of more than 200000 lives the revolt ended in failure In 1933 Fulgencio Batista led a sergeants revolt that toppled the despotic rule of Gen Grarado Machado and it was at that time that Batista became the most powerful man in Cuba He was elected president in 1940 and made himself chief of state with dictatorial powers Years of corrupt government terrorism and embezzlement made by the United States led to a revolt in 1958 under the leadership of Fidel Castro Batista fled to the Dominican Republic and the Fidelistas were in control of Havana Castro then became premier at the young age of 32 At first people applauded the downfall of Batista and hoped that Castro could bring the country the prosperity it had wished for Unfortunately before long people came to realization that the new regime had embraced Communism At home Castros regime has created the most repressive police state apparatus in the Western Hemisphere Cuba is like the George Orwell nightmare predicted in the book 1984 except that this time the country is set in the tropics with Big Brother sporting a beard and cigar Cuba
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