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Copt'unists attewpt to riobj lize nags support
for governnent: Tne Ccftnunist-controlled labor and peasant confederations in Guatemala beganune to Mobilize their followers for possible armed defense of the Arbenz
Asbasssdor Peuriioy conenta that this =ove nay toprimarily to demonstrate nass support for the adalnlstra tion, but that another notive nay bo to provide the government with aa excuse lor arming civilians.
He notes that the Coeaaunist and other pro-Arbenzgaining tho initiative in "Guatemala's war ofthat the administration is "demonstrating it hasfor defense unci intends to use then." ur.e
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Gormen t: Conaunist efforts toilitant followin" sufficient to neutralize the arny have been noted since last Daccjfeer. As the best-orennized prosovernoent civilian croups thest-led confederations uould be the likelyries of cny decisiiu_to an civilians to defend the Government iii ft crisis. President Arbanz has favoredolicy in the past.
The Co-Tjnunists are bBlieved already in possession of soma weapons, but not sufficient to provide defense of theagainst an army revolt at this tine. Top military leaders are likely toroviding civilian groups with additional arms which lalght weaken the army's position. (SE&tfET)
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