GUATEMALA: Ambushed Plot

The "inside men" of last week's plot to topple the Guatemalan government were supposed to fling open the gates at Aurora air base, the country's key military post, precisely at 1:30 p.m. A little before that time, 25 of the plotters drifted casually around; four dozen others crouched in nearby thickets, ready to storm in. At the appointed minute, the gates flew open—disclosing two tanks and a platoon of soldiers drawn up with automatic weapons ready. "We're sunk!" whispered one attacker. Other troops closed in on the conspirators in the bushes, and the whole crew was arrested.

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