GUATEMALA: Capital Levy

The myopic moneyed classes of Guate-j mala, whose skins and properties were saved by Carlos Castillo Armas' anti-Communist revolution last June, are the ones who gave the least money towards the revolution—and who have since refused to help with the revolution's debts. Last week, thoroughly exasperated. President Castillo Armas ruled that if gratitude were not motive enough to produce aid from the rich, the law would have to serve instead. He thereupon decreed a drastic capital levy.

Castillo Armas' most pressing debt was back pay for the peasant irregulars in his liberation...

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