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In the two years following the victory of the revolution, Cuba’s political leadership moved ever-leftward, and new policies commanding drastic societal changes were announced, by fiat, during mass rallies. Many members of Cuba’s upper and middle classes went into exile, and attendance surged at Catholic Churches, one of a dwindling number of spaces where critics openly voiced dissent. Counterrevolutionary guerrillas launched the Bay of Pigs attack, invoking the Virgin as the patron of their unsuccessful cause. The Virgin’s 1961 annual street procession in Havana was markedly anti-Communist and marred by lethal violence. In response, the revolutionary government deported 131 Catholic...

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