And then Fidel Castro took over.
A squad of soldiers walked into the plant and confronted the manager. The manager was told that they now worked for the State.
The manager said...."No. I will not work for the State."
Well, word got out and the assembly line workers found out. If Mr. Alvares wasn't going to work, we won't either, they said. They dropped their tools and quit.
The leader of the Communist soldiers tried to convince Mr. Alvares about how good Castro was. That Castro was for the people. He begged Mr. Alvares to please tell the workers to go back to work.
Mr. Alvares refused.
I don't recall how it was all resolved. But that is beside the point.
The point is that there was an enemy. And Mr. Alvares was not him.
Batista was not the enemy. But for many in Cuba, there was no other enemy, except for Batista.
The epilogue to the story is that the Leader of the squadron of devout Communist soldiers, who pleaded with Mr. Alvares to tell the workers to get back to work, later became disillusioned with Castro.
He was later arrested and executed.
He discovered who the real enemy was.
But that is very very difficult to see when there are not many choices. In fact, there is only a binary choice:
1) Live under Batista
2) Live under Castro
Is this really a choice?