GUATEMALA: Expropriation

In ten typewritten pages, the Guatemalan government's land-reform administration last week told the U.S.-owned United Fruit Co. that the government will expropriate 225,000 acres of the company's 300,000-acre plantations at Tiquisate (TIME, March 2). Included in the bite: 125,000 acres of woods and brush, 87,000 acres leased to others for cattle and crops, and 12,000 acres lent by the company to its workers to grow corn and beans.

United Fruit appealed to President Jacobo Arbenz to stay or reverse the seizure, but this week Arbenz rejected the appeal.

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