CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 1/15/1954

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ANUGTON VISITED IN GUAT

3 OF CALLIGERIS

GROUP IN GUAT.

HE VISITED BY RUBEN VILLATORO 8ARRI0S,

ENRIQUE CORONADA, AND RAMIRO AGUILAR GONZALEZ, DIRECTORS OFOMMIE LABOR GROUP CALLED UNION NACIONAL IE TRABAJADjRES LIBRES (UNTL) WITH REQUEST FOR ITHOUT FUNDS BUT IMPRESSED WITH UNTL LEAIERS SINCERITY AND FED LUNCHES FOR WEEK TO HUNDRED UNTL WORKERS.

LUGTON TOLD BANNISTER HE INTERESTED POSSIBILITIES UNTL MUCH ACCORDING STATEMENTS MAEE^ EMBERS PUERTO BARRIOS REGION. ALSO SOME FOLLOWING GUATEMALA CITY. BANNISTER PROMISED CHECK.

SUBSEQUENTLY ASCERTAINED UNTL SUBJECT CORRESPONDENCE INFORMAL-OFFICIAL TYPE BETWEEN EMBASSY GUAT AND JOHN T. FISHSURN, LABOR ADVISORY OFFICER, ARA, HPT STATE AND WITH JOHN W. FISHER,

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CENTRAL AMERICA AND PANAMA AFFAIRS. LETTERS DATEDOVEMBER FIRST ENCLOSED LETTER FROM UNTL TO SE3AFINO ROaUALDI ASKING AMERICAN FEDERATION OF LABOR AID. GUAT EMbASSY OFFICIALS EXPRESSED HOPE NEEDED AID BE OBTAINED FROM THAT SOORCE OR FROM "OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES".

5. ROMUALD1 APPARENTLY INTERESTED BUT TRYING OBTAIN AID THROUGH ORIT. LOCAL EMBASSY OFFICIALS FEAR SUCH AID, IFWILL ARRIVE TOO LATE TO MAINTAIN UNTIL AFLOAT. STATION AGREESo THOUGH UNCONFIRMED EEROGATORY INFORMATION CONCERNING FINANCIAL HONESTY VILLATORO SUBMITTED INHERE AMPLE EVIDENCE UNTL LEAIERSOMMIE AND HAVE CAUSED GUAT COMMIE LABOR LEAIERS AND GOVERNMENT CONSIDERABLEAND EMBARRASSMENT IN PAST. THROUGH HOLDING DAILY IEMONSTRATIONS BEFORE NATIONAL PALACE IN JULYNTL FORCED NAIR COMMITTEE HIRE0 THEIR FOLLOWERS TO HELP PREPARATIONS ILL-FATED NATIONAL EXPOSITION.

UNTL NOT LARGE, WELL ORGANIZED GROUP BUT IS ONLY KNOWNOMMIEOVERNMENT LABOR ORGANIZATION IN GUAT AND WITH BETTER ORGANIZATION AND ORIENTATION COULD BECOME VALUABLE TO PBSUCCESS.

80 SUGGEST AUTHORIZATION BE GIVEN FOR RAZMARA APPROACH L N NAMEC ND/OR CALLIGERIS WITH REQUEST

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REOPEN CONTACT WITH UNTL LEAIERS. GIVLLCH KNOWS

CONSIEERS HIM TRUSTWORTHY, AND BELIEVES HE PROBABLY WILLING HAN7XE MATTER. UPON LEARNING DETAILS CONCERNING LEAIERS,PLANS, AND SITUATION OF UNTL, RAZMARA THROUGH OULD PROVIEE FINANCIAL AID NECESSARY KEEP UNTL ALIVE. KUBARK CONTROL OF FUNDS WOULD PROVIEE LESIRABLE CONTROL. SUCHCONSIEERED BETTER THAN HAVING AID TO BE DIRECTLY FROM CALLIGERIS SINCE WE CONSIEER UNTL OFFERS POSSIBILITIESKUBARK ACTIVITIES AFTER PBSUCCESS ACCOMPLISHED.

9. ALTHOUGH RAZMARA WILL HAVE

QUESTION IS WHETHER OFC ALLIGERIS

EQUEST HQS FORWARD SLINC COPIES DOCUMENTS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED AS WELL AS GUAT EMBASSY5IFUGUST,FEPTEMBERHICH CONTAIN INFO ONOMMIE AND ANTI GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES OF UNTL LEAIERS WITHIN NOiT EECEASED UNION EE TRABAJADORES CESANTES INVOLUNTARIOS. ALSO AVAILABLE FILE INFORMATION CONCERNING INDIVIDUALS MENTIONED THIS MESSAGE.

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