Fidel Castro graduated from the University of Havan with a law degree. During his time in college he took part in several radical movements and riots. Fulgencio Batista took control of the Cuban government as Castro was chosen to be the candidate for the congressional house for the Reformist Cuban People’s Party. Fulgencio canceled the elections and forced Castro to gain power illegally. In 1953, he led an attack on Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba. As a military offensive, it was a failure with the majority of the 160 men in the attack being killed. The survivors were jailed, including Castro and his brother.