US Backs Coup in Guatemala
 

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US Backs Coup in Guatemala
The Guatemalan Government of Jacobo Arbenz Guzman was overthrown by military forces led by Col Carlos Castillo Armas. Armas received direct support from the United States Central Intelligence Agency. The Guzman government supported a Communist-authored land reform bill that expropriated most of the land holdings of United Fruit Company. The Guatemalan action led to a U.S. arms embargo. The Guatemalans then purchased arms from Czechoslovakia thereby providing the excuse for the coup.