AGITATION AND SCANDALS
The Liberal and Democratic parties were identified with President Prío's Administration. But a large part of their membership split off and, joining forces with neutral groups, formed the United Action Party ( Partido Acción Unitaria) under my leadership. No sooner was this party organized than Prío began to threaten the members and their families. His persecution grew daily in violence. I visited every municipality and was always received by thousands. But we always had to fight and disarm the hoodlums who tried to intimidate the people.
In this atmosphere of agitation and violence provoked by armed bands,* of discontent created by the revelation of Administration scandals and the criticism of the opposition, the political situation grew more and more disturbed. Finally the Government found itself in a hopeless position when it was time to select the candidates for Mayor of Havana. The Minister of Finance was the President's brother, which was his only qualification for the position. The National Treasury had been scandalously plundered; receipts were openly embezzled. This was public knowledge. Eduardo Chibás and his "Ortodoxos" had become the terror of Prío with their daily crude denunciations of his immorality. The "Ortodoxo" leader had left many____________________