GUATEMALA: Intervention?

When asked "What's south of Mexico?" few U. S. citizens are smart enough to reply, "Guatemala." Last week, President Lazaro Chacon had to declare martial law, because one Col. Fernando Morales Jr. had suddenly fomented a revolt in Western Guatemala, and seized the city of Mazatenango.

At Washington, D. C., Guatemalan Minister Adrian Recinos predicted, "The revolt will be put down within 48 hours," but it wasn't. Officials of the U S. State Department envisioned the bare possibility of intervention "to protect American lives (700) and property ($60,515,000) in Guatemala."


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