Guatemala: Blunt Messages

The opposition grows louder

In the 15 months since General Efraín Ríos Montt seized power in Guatemala, the born-again Protestant has sharply reduced a serious guerrilla threat, attacked corruption and cut down on the activities of death squads. In an effort to win popular support for his policies, he even established a series of Sunday-night TV sermons. Nonetheless, a number of his countrymen, led in part by the local hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, are tiring of Ríos Montt's oldtime religion. Earlier this month, according to some reports from Guatemala, 14 young army officers walked into the general's office in...

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