Visnews cameras visited Fidel Castro's younger brother in his Santiago headquarters and later filmed one of the mass graves in the district.
Visnews cameras visited Fidel Castro's younger brother in his Santiago headquarters and later filmed one of the mass graves in the district. Rebel soldiers showed how Batista men, tables turned, stood on the pit edge waiting for the fatal shots. 216 Batista police, troops and spies are known to have been executed since the rebel take-over on New Year's Day.
Visnews went into Cabana Fortress Prison, Havana, where public trials are expected to be conducted shortly. 650 Batista henchmen, with crimes ranging up to murder, in the prison exist on bread and water, with occasional additions of meat and rice.
Wives, children, parents and girl-friends line up outside the prison, waiting for a chance to see and speak to their loved ones. Admission is slow, every package is vetted for arms, poisons and the like.
In centuries-old Cell 9 war criminals accused of torturing and killing men, women and children, await trial. Castro's answer to his American critics who denounce the mass executions is, "What would the United States do if someone had killed 20,000 citizens? Maybe then they would execute more than we are executing." He has invited 350 foreign correspondents, politicians and diplomats to witness the forthcoming trials. Chairmen of the several US Congress Committees have been invited. Castro has offered to fly them to Cuba. At least one, Senator Wayne Morse, rejected this invitation. Instead he asked that a UN team be allowed to observe procedures of the New Cuban Government.
The group of American politicians averse to Castro's reprisal methods called for embargoes on Cuban exports, shunning of Cuba as a tourist and UN investigations of the executions.
Cuban public opinion is behind Fidel Castro and he hopes to prove this by mass rally in Havana, Jan 21, of half a million of his supporters. Lorries are driving towards the capital with thousands of people from remote districts.