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A Banes Born Sergeant Called Fulgencio Batista

US reporter Edmund Albert Chester, his wife and kid. Photo: archive from Radio Banes
In Banes — my hometown — the railway sharply split affluent lifestyle from poverty. In the pleasant side lived the called "the company neighborhood" - the executives and technicians of the United Fruit Sugar Company, the "Mamita Yunai" group, capable of ousting a Central American government with a click of the fingers in a single weekend.