& CUBAN CONSUL HIDALGO - CLASH
OCB Dade County, Florida file #31324-B. Miami News 9
Our Town Off Limits To
By HAINES COLBERT
Mayor Robert King High said today he was considering an
federal authorities to put Miami off limits for some Cuban
The mayor broached his plan after Cuban Consul Alonso
in a near riot Saturday night, was whisked out of a hospital
back to Havana.
Hidalgo, 32, was to have been tried in city court tomorrow
for inciting the disturbance.
"I don't think the Cubans should expect us to permit Miami
to be used
for a battleground," said High. "It is grossly unfair
"At the same time, it is only human nature for some of the
they see enemies who have done them and their families great
take physical action.
"I think the only answer is to keep them apart."
High said the government night hold hearings in another part
of the country for Cubans coming here to seek political
"Federal Judge (Emett) Choate has ruled that persons seeking
here are entitled to a hearing," the mayor said. "But
say the hearing has to be in Miami.
"It seems to me such persons could be sent to some part of
where there isn't the explosive situation which exists in
And I believe they could be required to stay in the place
hearings were to be held."
Police Chief Walter E. Headley Jr. and Sheriff Thomas J.
promised a crackdown on warring Cubans here. But high
doubted if that would be any solution. "You can't
crack down on
them until they do something," he said. "And then it's
High told of a Cuban here who was tortured and kept in a
semiconscious condition in jail for 27 days during the
The Cuban, he said, recently spotted on a Miami street
corner the former Army lieutenant who presided over his
"Things like that are happening here all the time," he
"There are Cubans in Miami who just explode - and quite
naturally - at
the sight of some of their old enemies.
"We must keep them apart somehow."
Cuban supporters of Fidel Castro's government, meanwhile,
were aroused over the battle in which Hidalgo was hurt.
"If this had happened to one of your officials in another
Havana Mayor Jose Llanusa declared, "you would send the
Llanusa, who came her on a friendship mission to help
Miamians celebrate the fourth of July, returned to Havana
HOW ABOUT NIXON?
In parting, he said: "How did you feel when your Vice
was beaten and spit on in Venezuela? Well, we feel the
in Havana about this case." But chief Headley, in a
report to City Manager Ira Willard, blamed Hidalgo for most
trouble. Headley said police had control of an outbreak
factions in front of the home of former Cuban Sen. Rolando
when Hidalgo arrived in a car.
The consul, said Headley, rallied supporters of the present
attack the friends of Masferrer, who is considered Castro's
No. 1 enemy.
In the fighting around Masferrer's home at 1105 SW 2nd Ave.,
received a head injury. He was taken to Doctors
Hospital, and was
charged with creating the disturbance.
There were conflicting reports about the seriousness of
condition, but High said the Cuban official at one point was
death. "I was informed they almost opened his chest to be
massage his heart if it stopped," High said. "He was revived
surgery. But he is in serious condition, and I am sure
not have been able to appear in court tomorrow." Hidalgo was
the hospital by Cuban officials, who put him on a military
the flight back to Havana.
Rafael Valdez, 20-years-old official of the Cuban Tourist
who also faces trial tomorrow as an instigator of the fight,
In Havana, Nicholas Rivero, press secretary for the ministry
described the Miami incident as "barbarous," and said the
apparently had the approval of Miami police.
Rivero charged that the attack was planned and directed by
Lauren, former chief of naval intelligence in the Batista
dictatorship. Lauren is in exile in Miami.
The battle put Havana-Miami relations back where they were
before Castro seized the Cuban government Jan. 1.
Justo Luis Pozo, mayor of Havana under Batista, charged last
Miami was unsafe for law-abiding Cubans because of the
presence here of
ROBERT KING HIGH
Cubans Are Troublesome.
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