FROM : Chief of Station, Guatemal
Barometer Report (Period Ending
Previous reports have stated that the basic feeling ofhas been modified somewhat by developments which tended to create an environment more favorable to opposition sentiment and renewed activity. The factajority of the populace still remains relatively inactive as opposed to the active minorities of the right and left probably means that apathy and/oria still the prevailing majority sentiment. However, there have been several recent developments that appear to introduce an element of expectancy.
a. Rumors and reports of an Impending invasion persist and(as noted in referenco II) with pro-Communist and/or pro-government appeals for "revolutionary solidarity." At the sameroat deal of publicity and conversation has been devoted to renewed anti-Communist propaganda activity by local and exilec groups. Especially notable has boon the publicity attending the founding of the Frente Anticomunista de Guatemaltecoa en Exilio ^Tjfr'AGE). The announcement discussed infls been re-ViJWated throughout the reporting period. 3omite de rSstudientes Universitorios Anticornunistasxllio (CEUAGK)trongictadura
Dmunlsta en lan El Espectador. It is believed that lis article was tho first by that organization to appear in the
_ ttpcal press. Also adding to the feeling of expectancy isuncfid national campaign of the Frente Anticomunista Nacional [FAN) to ban the Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo (PGT) as an illegal political party under the provisions of Articlef the Constitution.
It appears that the total effect of anti-Communist activity is being felt by target groups as demonstrated by reprisals against ESSENCE personnel, distribution of retaliatory propaganda (seend rumors that the police are trying to ascertain the identities of the persons and/orlSDonsible for_ the anti-vommunist propaganda.3 GLT/cmh Distribution: