The 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala

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Liberal President Jorge Ubico (1878-1946) forced to resign in
June 1944 and installed Gen. Juan Federico Ponce. 
Juan José Arévalo (1904-1990),
elected president in Dec. 1944.

Revolutionary Junta of Oct. 20, 1944: Major Francisco
Arana, civilian Jorge Toriello and Captain Jacobo Arbenz.
Arbenz and his aristocratic Salvadoran wife María Vilanova,
a member of the Communist Party.

Communist leader Victor Manuel Gutiérrez Communist leader José Manuel Fortuny

Arevalo passes presidency to Arbenz in 1951


The Death of Francisco Arana: A Turning Point in the Guatemalan Revolution (Journal of Latin American Studies, Oct., 1990)
Echoes from a Sardine (Time, Jan. 5, 1962)
CIA in 1950's Drew Up List of Guatemalan Leaders to Be Assassinated
Left's Hero Is Home (but Then, He's Long Dead)
Midnight Exile
Toriello, siempre en la trinchera
Guatemalans Divided 50 Years After Coup