LETTER TO MR. VICE PRESIDENT FROM IRMA E. GENTRY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP (W/ATTA

Created: 5/26/1954

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Hy dear Mr. Tie* President:

c receipt ofletter froaJ mlm leaders of tho sati-ooaaunletla wDich they expreae the desire for an interview.

These Guatemalans, now in exile in Mexico, are Ruflno Ibarguan, Colonel Arturo Ramirez, and Colonel Enrique irdon. All have bald nigh peats In former pro-American Guatemalan GovercssentB,an recceaaond theaost highly. Ky friendship with thao results free, serviae in Guatemala7irst in tha legation of tha Uhitod States aad later as Private Secretary to the President of the Kepubllc of Guatemala, Central Jorge Ublco.

Ithat the above Mentioned Pnaltmalaoe have information that may be of value to ue in thle difficult sltoatlaa which has coma about from Russian InfluenceGuatemala, aad trust that yea may ba abla to grant them th* lntsrvlaw they desire. Ton aaj obtain inforoatloa concerning as froa Gerald A. Drew, Direstor General of tha Foreign Servloe, State Department, Washington, D. C, withas nsaoclated for several yaara during ay stay la Guatemala.

1 ah all greatly appreciate anythln* that yoo amy be able to do ia thle matter.

Merely yours,

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The Honorable Richard H. Klroo

Tic* President of the United States Washington, D. C.

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Batista has heldecret conferences with President Arevalo of Guatemala since he took over the Cuban Government in3ilitary Coup d'Etat. The most recant "Conference" bet-conand Arevalo took place in4 Just prior to Luzaro Pena's (Vice President of the Cuban Communist Party) departure for Moscow on an official Cuban Diplomatic Passport for "Indoctrination11. Pena departed for Moscow on

Batista holds monthly conferences with leaders of tbe

Batista hasl, ln recent months, the issuance of an ofiiclal Cuban Diplomatic Passport to Biasop loader of the Cuban Communist Party and recently nominated by the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party to be their representative on the Communist Politboro for Latin America wheso express mission is to Sovietiiee Latin America. Bias Rccas has bisadquarters in Guatemala City and pays monthly visits to Bttlsti at various places In Cuba.

A) embers of Batista's Cabinet or Little Cabinet

are official members ofCuban Comnunlst Party. They

Haul Lorenzo, Minister of Commerce

Arsenlo Genmlas, Under SRcretary of Labor

Dr. augosto Rodriguez Miranda, Sub-Secretary

of Education

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Communist Coonunication Centor, recently located ln Mexico mas slated for re-location In Cuba. All equipment was en route via ship to Cuba when the news leaked out of this move. The ship was then not permitted to unload its cargo upon arrival on It was thento Guatemalaho Communications Center is now in the process of being sot up.

Cuban Ccmciunist leaders art? free to travel throughout the world. Juan Marlnello, President cf the Communist Party, on official Cuban Diplomatic Passport,rip to Moscow in Hr had been In Guatemala foreeks prior to his oeprrturc to Russia. On Januaryarlnelloiolent antl-CSA speech in Moscow. Hoto Cuba via Guatemala in na, Vice President of the Cuban Cossaunist Party ls,of this date, in Russia. He departed or4 for -Indoctrination". This is Pena'sfficial trip to Russia in less than) aonths under Instructions troa Moscoa. Be, too, was ln Guatemala for) days prior to his leaving for Moscow.

2 BATISTA NtStntF. EVriLO

Batista, two days prior to his Coup d'Btat oferies ofh Communist leaders Bias Rocas and Carlos Rodriguez who had just returnedonths' aeries cf "Training Courses" in Guatemala.

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