GUATEMALA: Commie Upswing

The people of the sunny Guatemalan town of Escuintla (pop. 31,000) last week chose as their mayor a candidate who was in faraway Moscow on election day. The absentee mayor-elect, Gabriel Carney, had not bothered to campaign for votes—that would have cut into his trip behind the Iron Curtain with Guatemala's Communist Boss Jose Manuel Fortuny. But he headed the local Labor (Communist) Party ticket, and the tightly organized slaughterhouse workers of Escuintla voted him into office.

Elsewhere, municipal elections also registered rising popular strength for the Reds. Until recently, Guatemala had...

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