• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT YDIGORAS FUENTES OF GUATEMALA WAS DEPOSED BY THE ARMY ON 31 MARCH, AND A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP LED BY COLONEL PERALTA AZURDIA, THE MINISTER OF WAR, SEIZED CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT YDIGORAS FUENTES OF GUATEMALA WAS DEPOSED BY THE ARMY ON 31 MARCH, AND A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP LED BY COLONEL PERALTA AZURDIA, THE MINISTER OF WAR, SEIZED CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY.

    THE COUP WAS CARRIED OUT AFTER MORTARS AND MACHINE GUNS WERE FIRED TO SHOW THE PRESIDENT THAT THE ARMY WAS DETERMINED TO CARRY THROUGH THE PLAN. ARMED FORCES SIMULTANEOUSLY OCCUPIED THE PRESIDENTIAL RESIDENCE, THE NATIONAL PALACE AND THE PRESIDENTIAL GUARD BARRACKS. DESPITE EFFORTS TO AVOID BLOODSHED IT WAS REPORTED THAT A POLICEMAN AND A STUDENT WERE KILLED.

    COLONEL PERALTA LATER ANNOUNCED THAT EX-PRESIDENT YDIGORAS HAD SURRENDERED QUIETLY AND HAD BEEN FLOWN INTO EXILE IN NICARAGUA. THE COLONEL ADDED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO ELECTIONS UNTIL COMPLETE CALM RETURNED TO THE COUNTRY AND CONDITIONS WERE 'PROPITIOUS'. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE ARMY HAD DECIDED TO TAKE OVER CONTROL OF GUATEMALA WITH THE ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY INTO THE COUNTRY OF A FORMER PRESIDENT, THE LEFT-WING SUPPORTER JUAN JOSE AREVALO. HE HAD SLIPPED THROUGH BORDER PATROLS LAST WEEK TO ORGANISE HIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELECTIONS PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

    THE ARMY HAD VOWED NOT TO ALLOW EX-PRESIDENT AREVALO STAND AS A CANDIDATE BECAUSE OF HIS STRONG COMMUNIST SYMPATHIES: BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT POPULAR SUPPORT HE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE WON.

    IN NICARAGUA, THE DEPOSED EX-PRESIDENT YDIGORAS TOLD REPORTERS THAT HE LEFT GUATEMALA WITH ONLY THIRTEEN DOLLARS - AND THOSE WERE BORROWED FROM A FRIEND. BUT DESPITE HIS EXPULSION SR. YDIGORAS SAID HE WAS HAPPIER THAN AT ANY TIME DURING HIS SIX YEARS IN OFFICE: "NOW I CAN SLEEP WITH MY EYES CLOSED".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1BEZJ8MV476YC5TSTG06YKZJX
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BEZJ8MV476YC5TSTG06YKZJX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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