The Acts of the Democracies





Jose Monnt assumes dictatorial powers in Guatemala. American companies, like United Fruit, continue to benefit.

Death squads kill a number of workers and union leaders at the Coca Cola bottling plant.

As many as 10,000 indigenous people are killed and over 100,000 flee to Mexico under the regime. Over 400 Mayan villages are wiped off the map.

Two of the political sayings of Monnt are:

The USA Ambassador to Guatemala says of Monnt: "Guatemala has come out of the darkness and into the light".

Guatemala has been given financial and military aid by the USA president, Ronald Reagan since 1980. The CIA operates in the country helping in the activities of the death squads. Even Americans are victims; according to the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB):

"Several CIA assets were credibly alleged to have ordered, planned or participated in serious human rights violations such as assassination, extrajudicial execution, torture, or kidnapping while they were assets - and that the CIA's Directorate of Operations headquarters was aware at the time of the allegations. These cases include the 1984 killing of Peace Corps volunteer Peter Wolfe, the 1985 killings of journalists Griffith Davis and Nicholas Blake, the 1989 stabbing of human rights worker Meredith Larson, the 1990 assault on social worker Josh Zinner, and the 1992 death of archaeologist Peter Tiscione."

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