GUATEMALA: Tinkering Time

During its second week in power, the revolutionary regime of President Carlos Castillo Armas tinkered busily with the governmental machine it had undertaken to control. Last week the Colonel and his Cabinet:

¶ Kept police (and a new, irregular force made up of soldiers from Castillo Armas' liberation army) so busy arresting suspected Communists that the jails overflowed with 3.500 of them.

¶ Fired hundreds of civil servants without severance pay in an economy drive made necessary by the empty treasury left by the former regime (see below).

¶ Named new judges to every judicial...

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