IN ORDER TO assure internal and international confidence, the revolution of the "10th of March," 1952, maintained all the norms, principles and guarantees of the Constitution of 1940, with modifications only in regulatory measures. In accord with these norms and principles, there was no attack on the lives or the property and political rights of citizens. Nor was there political censure for anyone fulfilling the obligations of public office. The government tried to reach an agreement with the opposition for the holding of immediate elections. But most of the leaders of the opposition, realizing that the times were not propitious for their success and, in their own interests, wishing to delay the return to normalcy, refused the offer, and eagerly set out to promote disorder and violence.
At the same time the government gave an example--without precedent in a revolution--of respecting in their positions the officers of all the autonomous bodies which exercise a good share of public power in the Cuban Government. This was our attitude in dealing with the Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Cuentas)--to respect all its justices and subordinates--in dealing with the National Bank of Cuba (Banco Nacional de Cuba), and with the Bank of Agricultural and Industrial Development (Banco de Fomento Agrícola e Industrial), making new appointments only when an office-holder had resigned; in