Military Coup in Guatemala 1982

[ 1982 ]

American disapproval [of the Guatemalan government's scorched earth policy to deal with guerrilla activity in the highlands], and [president General Romeo Lucas Garcia's] own corruption, led to a coup in 1982 organized by junior officers, in which General Rios Montt was finally brought to power. He reined in the death squads in the cities, and allowed a greater freedom of political action there, but accelerated the fight in the countryside...

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