Guatemala: Blood & Corruption

Guatemala City shook with violence last week. Store windows were smashed. Battle-dressed soldiers patrolled streets littered with burned, overturned cars. Twenty people were dead, and 500 others had been wounded in a week of rioting against autocratic President Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, 66. It was the worst crisis in Ydigoras' four years in office.

Crying Castro. The trouble started when students launched a one-hour strike against the announced returns of last December's congressional election, in which Ydigoras handily improved his majority. As is his habit, Ydigoras called the whole shooting match a "Castro-Communist" plot. No doubt the Communists would like to overthrow...

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