CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/9/1954

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ETUNE WHICH ENACTED SUSPENSIONRIGHTS ATTENTED

NO FORMAL VOTE TAKEN AMONG MINISTERS. HOST INDICATED APPROVAL* SOME SAID NOTHING.

PRESIIENT STATED JOB HAD TO BEEDIATELY* MINISTER CKARNAUD PRODUCED DRAFT FROM HIS POCKET. NO PRETENSE CABINET DECISION.

IN COURSE MEETING PRESIDENT MADE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS: "THERE ARE SOME ALARMISTS ABOUT, flHOIGHT RESIGN" (LAUGHING AT OV'N JOKE). "filTH THIS MEASUREARE CANCELLING OUT THE INTERNAL FRONT AND THUS CANALL OUR ATTENTION TO THE EXTERNAL FRONT. ME WILL CATCH THEM AKD KILL THEM. IF THEY WANT ME TOVILL BE ONE." FURTHER STATED WILL KEEP ON RENEWING DECREE AS LONG AS NECESSARY AND ACCUSED

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UNITED FRUIT AS BEING SOLELY RESPONSIBLEGUAT DISPUTE.

5o ISTAKE BILL CREATE COUNTRYSIDE

ALARM, PROVOKE NEYf NERVOUSNESS AMONG PEOPLEp DEMONSTRATE GOVT LACKS FIRM CONTROL AFTER ALL. NOTHING GAINED FROM PRACTICAL STANDPOINT SINCE ARBITRARY ACTS BEING COMMITTED WITH CONSTITUTION IN FORCE* IMMEDIATE EFFECT: PRESS AND RADIO SELF-MUZZLED. ONLY ORGANIZED COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS ALLOWED OVER GUAT NOW.

6. MEETINGJUNEABINET MEETING.

Q ^CONSIDER SITUATION GRAVE. NO LONGER CONSIDERS MENACE ECONOMIC BUT NOW CONVINCED MILITARY. PRESIDENT SHOULD BE TOLD THROW OUT COPIES. SIXO SUGGESTED JbUY SJX PLANES. TOLD BY C 3ATTEND TO OliH KNITTING. V,NCED IRRETRIEVABLE DELAY DUE ^ANGLING FOR RAKE OFF.

BLANK ^REQUEST HE INTERCEDE

WITH PRESIDENT. ^RADICAL EXTIRPATION COMMIESFOR GUVvT. 'JEXCLAIUED HE WOULD TELLAM NO COWARD. O NOT MIND DYING, BUT WE HAVE GOT TOPRUDENCE BECAUSE PRESIDENT

"DANGEROUS MAN".

8.DECIDED TALK TO PRESIDENT IN PRESENCE

GUILLERMOMEETING TOOK PLACE EVENING

8 JUNE BUT UNAWARE OUTCOME.

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REFERRED TO CHARNAUD AS "PICARARO (ALSO RCVD PICAftO)".

10* MENTIONED JORGE TORIELLO JUST RETURNED FROM UNITED STATES "ESTA ASUSTATJO" BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE SERIOUS VIEW TAKEN ABOUT EVENTS IN GUAT "J IMPLICATION^ ^CARED ON-VINCED PRESIIENT flOULD LISTEN TO JORGE RATHER N ACTUAL FACT COMMIES HIS ONLY ADVISORS,,

iiaT0 PRESJIENT, SEEK TALK WITH EISENHOWER

ON BASIS ECONOMIC CONCESSION AGAINST RIDDANCE OF COMMIES. ZiLLLLSmW.-- THIS REPORT IN CONJUNCTION VIEWS EXPRESSED SWALLOWUNE MEETING (SEE REPORTUNE) ANTQ EPORT RE ARMY MORALEUNE) CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE THAT GUATSTILL 8ESET BY SERIOUS TROUBLE AND NOT FULLY IN CONTROL SITUATION YET0 MAIN UNSETTLING FACTOR AVOWED HOSTILITY UNITED states to REGIME AND CONVICTION IT RILL MEET CO.JMIE CHALLENGE. at risk REDUNDANCY WISH reiterate MY CONVICTION IT IMPERATIVE UNITED states PRESS ADVANTAGE ON DIPLOMATIC aND ECONOMIC FRONT0 ANY INDICATION OUTSPOKEN OR liAPLlED UNITED STATES IRREVOCABLY COMMITTED LIQUIDATION ARBENZ REGIME IS BOUND TO HAVE JOST SALUTARY REPERCUSSIONS, OFFICERS COfcPS OBVIOUSLY TORN BETWEEN CONFLICTING LOYALTIES (OFFICERS SUBMITTING WRITTEN QUESTIONNAIRES TO PRESIDENT this WEEK) AND FORTHRIGHT. INTENTIONS MAY SPARKPLUG OPPOSITION.

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