The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been summoned home. John Barlow Martin,?
The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been summoned home. John Barlow Martin, accompanied by the heads of the U.S. economic and military missions to Santo Domingo, landed at New York's Idlewild Airport early this morning (29 September). He told reporters only that he had been called back to Washington. While the Ambassador was in the air, Juan Bosch, former president of the Dominican Republic was forced into exile and left Santo Domingo aboard a Dominican frigate.
The government of President Bosch was toppled a week ago by a military coup. The military regime said the action had been taken because the Bosch government had become "corrupt and pro-Communist". Approximately one thousand persons were arrested by the military on Thursday and Friday (26 and 27 September). On Friday, military installed civilian cabinet. It is headed by a triumverate: Dr. Manuel Tavares Espillat, Dr. Emilio de los Santos, and Dr. Ramon Tapia Espinal.
The United States had supported the Bosch government . He has been considered a member of the so-called "Democratic Left" in Latin America which includes such men as President Romulo Betancourt of Venezuela and Governor Luis Munoz-Marin of Puerto Rico. In Washington a State Department Officer called the overthrow "a loss to the policies of this hemisphere including our own country." U.S. aid to the Dominican Republic was suspended, and Ambassador Martin called home.