THIS DAY IN HISTORY June 27, 1954: Elected Guatemalan Leader Overthrown in CIA-Backed Coup

Gloriosa Victoria

This painting by Diego Rivera, “Gloriosa Victoria,” tells the story of the 1954 overthrow of the democratically-elected Jacobo Arbenz government. Coup Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas greets secretary of state John Foster Dulles, who holds a bomb with the face of Eisenhower, surrounded by people who were murdered in the coup. To his left is U.S. ambassador John Peurifoy with military officers and CIA director Allen W. Dulles whispering in his brother’s ear. On the right, the archbishop of Guatemala, Mariano Rossell Arellano, blesses the act, while Guatemalans protest.

#tdih 1954 Democratically elected Guatemalan president Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán was deposed in a CIA-sponsored coup to protect United Fruit Company profits. What followed was decades of brutal U.S.-backed regimes who committed torture and genocide — with a direct connection to the desperate conditions that force people to flee today. Mural by Diego Rivera. Read more on link below

June 27, 1954: Elected Guatemalan Leader Overthrown in CIA-Backed Coup