GUATEMALA: Midnight Exile

The right of diplomatic asylum, almost a sacred thing to Latin Americans, prevailed last week for Guatemala's deposed pro-Communist President Jacobo Arbenz; armed with a safe-conduct from new President Carlos Castillo Armas, he flew off to Mexico. With him into exile went the Communist main cogs of his government and others of the goo-odd asylum seekers who had turned Guatemala City's foreign embassies into crowded madhouses for 2½ months. These and earlier departures brought the greatest mass dash for diplomatic refuge in Latin America's history close to its end.

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