GUATEMALA: Command Decisions

Crackdown followed showdown in Guatemala last week. Having weathered a stormy counterrevolt of army officers who hankered after another change (TIME, Aug. 16), Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas finally struck at Guatemalan Communism with the sort of command decisions his followers have been demanding since the June revolution.

In a series of legislative decrees replacing the 1945 constitution, the junta President 1) outlawed the Communist Party, making Guatemala the 18th Latin American republic to do so, and 2) dissolved the elaborate structure of political parties and social and economic front organizations through which the Reds had dominated the country. Castillo Armas then...

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