CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM LINCOLN RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/15/1954

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INFO RE WSBURNT SITUATION FORWARDED FYI. REPORTS INDICATE GREAT MAJORITY WSBURNT ARMY OFFICERS OPPOSED TO REGIME AND THAT ULTIMATUM HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT ASKING THAT HE CHANGE POLICY RE COMMUNISTS OR FACE REVOLT. POSITION OF CHIEF OF STAFF DIAZ UNCERTAIN. COL JOSE GONZALEZ SiGUI REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS COMMANDER CENTRAL ZONE*

POLICE WATCHFUL AND APPEAR TO BE USING CURTAILMENT CIVIL LIBERTIES AND NEWS BLACKOUT TO INSTITUTE NATIONWIDE SEARCH AND SUPPRESSION OPPOSITION. REIGN OF TERROR REPORTEO IN PROVINCES. ISOLATED CASES VIOLENCE REPORTED. PEOPLE IN TOWN NEAR AMATlTLAN ATTACKED POLICE WITH MACHETES.

ROADS DAMAGED BY HEAVY RAINS. AIR TRAVEL INSECURE. FOOD SHORTAGE IN CPA ITAL OWING TO SCARE BUYING. WSBURNT REPORTED GUARDING PACIFIC COAST ANDDER. GOVT DECREE CANCELS FLIGHTS PRIVATE PLANES. ALL STRIPS OPERATED UNDER STRICT CONTROL

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AIRRMY RESERVES AND SIX TRUCKS ARMS TO PEURTO BARRIOS. FRENTEARO ASKS STUDENTS TO JOIN BRIGADES TO SUPPORT GOVT.

k. SITUATION EXTREMELY FLUID. ARMY'S POSITION MOST UNCERTAIN DESPITE INDICATIONS OF ANTI-COMMIE/REGIME FEELING. GOVT WILL PROBABLY ATTEMPT ARM PEASANTS AND WORKERS PARTICULARLY IF OUTBREAKS OUT ABILITY TO DO SO WILL DEPEND ON ARMY'S WILLINGNESS COMPLY.

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