LATIN AMERICA - 10. ANTI-COMMUNIST SENTIMENT MOUNTING ON HAVANA WATERFRONT

Created: 8/22/1960

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LATIN AMERICA

Sentiment Mount tag on Havana Waterf rout :

Tho eiToctsrastic reducTloa oT shipping to Cuban portsommunist drive to gain control of all waterfront unions and merge themingle large union have combined to cause significant unrest among longshoremen and stevedores in Havana, and presumably in other Cuban ports. According to the office of tho US naval attache, waterfront workers bave averaged one day's pay per week for the past three weeks and have been complaining publicly. Non-Communists among the workers are more and more associating their problems with Communism, and there is open oppositionommunistof the unions. The attache office comments thatlower income groups are becoming aware for the first time of the Communist issue and its ramifications, there Is still no sign of coordinated anti-Communist propaganda

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Another factor which has probably contributed to anti-Communist sentiment on theis the enforcement of strict standards by Soviet ships loading Cubau sugar. They reject sugar bags that are torn or otherwise imperfect and tho normally easygoing Cuban stevedores resent having to carry the rejected bags back to tho dock. The Sovietare apparently unusually onerous, and Cuban stevedores are said to prefer working on ships of any other nationality.

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