Program #SCST001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on April 06, 1982.The destruction of democracy by the U.S. In Guatemala in 1954 was a seminal event in 20th century Latin American history. The CIA overthrow of the democratically-elected Jacobo Arbenz government ushered in a decades long reign of terror for the Guatemalan people and in particular for the indigenous Mayan population. Among the most infamous and brutal of the military dictators was Efraim Rios Montt. But he had a staunch ally in Ronald Reagan who said Rios Montt was "totally dedicated to democracy" and was given "a bum rap" on human rights. Interview by David Barsamian.
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