MISC RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/29/1954

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military govunt of Guatemala reportedlyws

Coaaumst Party": Viie military junta which assumed control of the Gunzcaalan government onune has outlawed the Communist Party, 1VM ammnj -to-the Guateaalan Jammats reported from Tegucigalpa onune. The new government is headedilitary junta consisting of Colonel Carlos Enrique Diaz, former chief of the armed forces. Colonel Jose" A. Sanchez, former defense minister, and Colonel Elfogo Uonzon.

The insurgents led by Castillo- Annas havo denounced Diazsurper and Diaz has proclaimed his intention to continue military .efforts against Cantillo Arraas. However, discussions nre being held in on offort to establish terms for amutually acceptable to the two groups.

Leaders of three of the pro-Conaaunist political partiesked tha Aibenz administration have called on their members to give united support to Diaz. actual dataBTS Guatemala City,

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Concent: It would appear that the Guatemalan government is attempting by the maneuver ol ousting Arbenz and outlawing the Lorliers' Party to remove the stigna oi Communism froa the government and therebyron Castillo Arms tha reason for his campaign. Host of those calling for support of tho Ml government have long pro-Communist records.

There areports that the younger army offic&rs are dissatisfied with the triumvirate and way seek opportunities to unseat Diu;:. (SJ&fflW)

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