1954 Guatemalan coup d'état

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Event.png 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état (coup,  US/Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945)
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Date 18 June 1954 - 27 June 1954
Location Guatemala
Perpetrators CIA
Description A coup organised by the CIA to protect the profit of United Fruit.

The 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état was the removal of Jacobo Árbenz by the CIA, at the behest of United Fruit, in an effort to preserve their huge land holdings in the country.

Origins

United Fruit had large land holdings and profited from brutal labour practices, both of which were imperiled by the social reforms carried out by the Jacobo Árbenz. After the coup d'état in Iran in 1953, the CIA were employed to create a coup in the country. "Operation PBSUCCESS" was launched.

Documents

On May 23, 1997 the CIA, after years of answering Freedom of Information Act requests with its standard "we can neither confirm nor deny that such records exist," the CIA declassified some 1400 pages of over 100,000 estimated to be in its secret archives on the Guatemalan destabilization program.[1]


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