The Complications Of The Cuban Revolution

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The Complications of Castro’s promises
Upon the beginning of Sergeant Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship of Cuba 1952 - seen as illegitimate, causing many people in Cuba to prefer the nation’s flawed and corrupt democracy over Batista’s leadership - the Cuban Revolution, led by Fidel Castro, began to gain momentum. When it became apparent to Batista that he would not win in Cuba’s presidential election of 1952, he seized power before the elections could take place and cancelled them, (withholding) Castro’s opportunity to become a member of Congress in the same 1952 elections. Castro began by attacking the Moncada Barracks in July 26, 1953 in search of weapons to supply his revolution; however, the attack was unsuccessful even though it resulted
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Being the primary instigator of the conflict, the Cuban government put Castro on trial. Having been trained as a lawyer, Castro (elected) to represent himself and directed the attention of the trial toward the unlawful power seizure by Batista, elucidating the goals of the 26th of July Movement. Instead of the Batista regime of constant embezzlement and gubernatorial inefficiency, placing six hundred thousand Cubans out of work and five hundred thousand living in “miserable shacks” , Castro advocated for laws that would “return the power to the people” and giving the government legislative, executive, and judicial powers in order to ensure the implementation of the 1940 Constitution as well as to “punish those who violated it”, because “Cuba should be the bulwark of liberty and not a shameful link in the chain of despotism .” His goals included the “restoration of civil liberties and political democracy” of the people, and the solution to “the problem of the land … industrialization … unemployment … education … and the problem of people’s health”. Before being sentenced to fifteen years in prison (only to be let out early) Castro promised the people Cuba “liberty and happiness”, however, these promises and …show more content…
An example of where Castro had not met his goals, where certain people (namely, the intellectuals) were disappointed, was in the matter of “liberty” as he described it in his “History Will Absolve Me” speech. Castro, after promising “real justice” and “power to the people”, decides to address his “problem with artistic creation”. However, since Castro as a lawyer has persuasive experience, his concern with too much freedom of speech was portrayed as a concern of the right infringements of the revolution, because according to him, “the first right of the Revolution is the right to exist”. However, this is still a call to limit the public’s expression, which was not in the original sentiment of the

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