the CIA had begun recruiting an opposition force to overthrow him
The Overthrow Of The Arbenz Government – Gorilla School
El Salvador An idealistic group of young military officers, repulsed by the massacre of the poor, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government. Soon, things are back to "normal" the military government is repressing and killing poor civilian protesters. Many of the young military and civilian reformers, finding themselves powerless, resign in disgust.
The Overthrow Of The Arbenz Government
Subtext: This official document was intended only for members of the CIA and high-ranking government officials. The author was likely a CIA agent working in Guatemala. The document was produced during the investigation into President Arbenz's alliances and questioned his possible affiliation to the Communist Party in Guatemala. The author clearly believed there was a communist threat in Guatemala, but did not think that Arbenz constituted a threat to the United States.
allowed the CIA to penetrate and overthrow Arbenz
Castillo received a strong financial andlogistic support from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to preparehis Army in Honduran territory to attack Guatemala. The CIA'sinvolvement had been approved by Eisenhower as a way to stop what theyconsidered a spread of Communism in the Americas. CIA's director wasAllen Dulles, brother of the American Secretary of State, John FosterDulles. In June, 1954 the troops of Carlos Castillo crossedtheHonduran-Guatemalan border and began their attack against Arbenzgovernment. By this time not only was Arbenz internationally isolatedbut he had also lost much support from his own army and peasantpopulation. Young Argentinean doctor, Ernesto Guevara (later known as"El Ché), attempted to organize some civil militias along withseveral members of the Communist Party. However, most of theGuatemalans felt they were in a very weak position compared to theinvading Army, after they heard from a clandestine radio that reporteda larger invading army and the bomber that dropped some bombs aroundGuatemala City. The demolarized population simply resigned to bedefeated by Castillo.