CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 5/17/1954

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seamen aboard alfhem toldbarrios that another ship oue here within two dayshird due as soon as the second shipnames date these ships mot known.

high ranking military officers including uin def sanchez, alfonso martinez, colonel barzanallana, were in puerto barrios awaiting arrival ship and still there. sanchez others at hotel del noste, puerto barrios accompanied by aides andeasty guards.

5o crates unloadedON seven flat cars and NOft enroute capital have following shape and size; eet high,eeteet, top round with diameter approximatelynches, one side crate perpendicular and other side sloping like pyramid.bs each. triangular markingde of crates. could be mortars.

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THREE BOX CARS UNKNOWN CONTENTS ALSO ENROUTE CAPITAL. SHOULD ARRIVE AROUND UID-fllGHT. DUE ABUNDANCE EMPTIES PUERTO BARRIOS. IMPOSSIBLE DENY MILITARY THEIR USE APPARENTLY DILITAtlY INTENDS FORWARD TO CAPITAL AS UNLOADED WHICH DIRECT PROM SHIP TO TRAIN CARS.

PUERTO BARRIOS ESTIMATES THAT GOVERNMENT

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WILL NEED UINIUUU SEVEN DAYS TO IWLOAD SHIP AT PRESENT SPEED

ALTHOUGH MINISTER SAHCHSZ(fOBXXC^

SIGNS AlHO UNLOAOED AS YET BUT PROABLEALTHOUGH CREW UEM6ERS DIO NOT TAKETH AUMO SHIPMENTS, TRCA OFFICIALS

I?ILL ATTQ.1PT PREVENT AUJO SHIPMENTS COMING CAPITAL ATTACHED TO REGULAR TRAINS. HAVE PROMISED ADVISE UPON LEARNING ABOUT AUMO.

CONGESTION PORT AS RESULT STRIKE NED YORK, TRAINS

LEAVING EVERY THREE Oft FOUR HOURS. TO THESE TRAINS GOVERNMENT

APPARENTLY IN TEN OS HITCH CARS CONTAINING ALFHEU UATER IAL. IMPOSSIBLE OBTAIN ETD SINCE TRAINS DEPARTING ASMPOSSIBLE OBTAIN THAT LIATERI AL BE FORWARDED IN ONE TRAIN.

UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS ALFHEM CARGO WOULD TAKE UINIUUU OF

FIVE DOUBLE HEADER TRAINS ANO GOVERNMENT HAS MADE MO REQUEST

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FOR SUCH.

MEANWHILE PUBLIC KEPT AWAY FROM PIER ANO NO VISITORS ALLOUEO ABOARD.

SINCE RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT TOTAL CARGO UNLOADED STRONGLY SUGGEST ACTION TAKEN SOONEST AGAINST SHIP. REQUEST ATTENTION BE GIVEN OTHER SHIPS MENTIONED PARAHICHs REST 2.

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CABLE SECRETARIAT COfcWENT:

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H, NOTIFIED OF RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE

7 MAY

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