CHAPTER XXXIV
PRIO, COMMUNIST STUDENTS, AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNISM

BECAUSE OF World War II and the cooperation between the Allies and Soviet Russia, the Popular Socialist Party supported my previous Administration. This was true in most countries which fought the Nazi-Fascist aggression. As leader of the Opposition, Grau had fought the Communists, but as soon as he became President he made an alliance with them. It was Carlos Prío who later got into a quarrel with the Communists. This was the result of an intra-party quarrel rather than an ideological difference.

The labor section of the "Auténtico" Party, composed of activists as skillful as the "comrades" in the labor struggle, was strengthened by Grau's triumph. But it could not gain control of the workers for two main reasons. The first lay in the need for the new Administration to control Congress, having won the Presidency by a very small majority; the Congressional majority corresponded to the coalition and my Administration controlled both Legislative bodies. The second lay in the fact that the victory had been unexpected and had caught "Auténtico" labor unprepared to fight the Communists for labor leadership. But they set up their organization and there was an open struggle for control of the Cuban Confederation of Labor. The battle grew in intensity and finally the "Auténticos," led by a tireless and intelligent fighter, carried the day. The battle between the Communist Lázaro Peña and the "Auténtico" Eusebio Mujal was decided in favor of the tougher one, who raised the banner of anti-Communism and had the support of the leaders. Prío

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