Saturday, March 10, 2012

On March 10

On this day in ...
... 1952 (60 years ago today), in what has been called a " first blow," against "moderate politics and democratic process," a constitutional government in Cuba ended when Fulgencio Batista led a golpe de estado. The "all but bloodless military coup" came a couple months before scheduled national elections that Batista, a candidate who earlier had held the Cuban presidency, seemed likely to lose. The move displaced a corrupt and weak, albeit elected, government. It would not lead to full and healthy transition to democracy, however; rather, in 1959 Bastista would be ousted by rebels led by Fidel Castro, whose policies hold sway in Cuba to this day. (credit for 1957 photo of Batista with map depicting mountains from which rebels were advancing en route to Havana)

(Prior March 10 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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