Fulgencio Batista ousts President Carlos Prio Socarras
Havana Cuba Date:1952 Duration:6 min 19 sec Sound:Yes
1952: Fulgencio Batista seizes power in Cuba. Batista and his men enter Camp Columbia and win over the garrison. The soldiers pick up arms. The convoy leaves for the Presidential Palace in Havana. A pilot climbs into the cockpit of an airplane. Rafael Salas Canizares, the new Chief of Police, directs his men in his office. He goes into a building and talks to his radio operator. Obsolete ships of the Cuban Navy in the bay. Officers converse before a map on the wall. Cars and tanks on their way to the Presidential Palace. President Carlos Prio Socarras takes sanctuary in the Mexican Embassy. The Republic of Cuba flag, and the Democratic constitution suspended. Ousted President Carlos Prio Socarras leaves for Mexico with his family. The Presidential Palace in Havana. Batista during a meeting with his Cabinet. University of Havana students carry out a mock funeral of the Cuban constitution. Police officers and officials inside the Fifth National Police Station. Leader of the student movement, Jose Antonio Echeverria, encourages his fellow students to act. A pro-Batista faction smears the statue of a student hero with red paint. Students gather and demonstrate on the streets. The police try to control the demonstration. Explosions during the demonstrations. A wounded student leader taken to a hospital, where he dies. Students carry his casket down the steps of a building. Student demonstrators hang Batista in effigie. Police arrests students in the University campus. The students are defended by a former Senator in court. Newspaper headlines about the various shootings. A man killed during a police raid. Rafael Salas Canizares is made Brigadier. Proceedings underway in the Department of Investigation. The Minister of Interior meets with radio executives and publishers and orders censorship. People around a car with the words 'Censored' and 'Censorship' painted on it.
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