Saturday, April 25, 2009

1955: SAR Muelle de Luz Rally

Cuba History Timeline Events
November 19, 1955
The Sociedad de Amigos de la República (SAR), holds a mass rally at the Plaza de los Desamparados in Muelle de Luz on Havana’s waterfront to demand new elections in 1956. The rally was sanctioned by Batista. All the political parties and groups comprising the opposition to Batista officially participated except Castro and the Communists. Operatives from these two non-participating factions attended as part of the crowd with the intention of provoking violence. At points in the rally they disrupted the proceedings. In fiery speeches most of the speakers demanded Batista's immediate resignation and the creation of an unequivocally neutral cabinet. This demand was rejected as infeasible, because the 1958 elections were already scheduled.

Rosenada_Marquez-SterlingCaption translation: -And, those legs?
-They must be Márquez Sterling's, because he's one of the
few opposition politicians with his feet on the ground...!

based on Manuel Márquez-Sterling's Cuba 1952-1959 and
Cuba 1952-1959 Interactive Timeline

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