CHAPTER VI
IMPEDIMENTS TO NORMALCY

THE ATTACK ON "Goicuría" was all the more unexpected because the leaders of the abstaining opposition were meeting with representatives of the Government in an effort to find a workable formula. The most elementary understanding of the strength of a military garrison would have prevented the instigator of this adventure from ordering men who trusted his leadership to carry out a suicidal act. Although the responsibility for the affair was never in doubt, Prío himself made it absolutely clear when he later declared in a Fidelista magazine that he instigated this absurd act which cost the life of almost every participant.

Despite all the obstacles preventing the return of normalcy to Cuba, my Government worked ceaselessly toward that goal. The Plan for Economic and Social Development was speeded up, because as the two-year period of political office was nearly over, political activities would take up a great part of our time. While we tried to turn the Republic toward peace and social welfare, we had to give our attention to the problem of public order--under constant threat--and to our international obligations.

Before and after my return from Daytona Beach (from March 23 to March 26) official reports had forewarned me of the plots. A few days after my arrival the April 4 plot failed. As election activities intensified, so did the plotting and, 25 days later, the "Goicuría" attack took place.

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