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Guatemala receives Arbenz's remains

By AMAFREDO CASTELLANOS

GUATEMALA CITY, Oct. 19 -- The remains of former Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz, ousted and exiled in 1954, were returned to Guatemala Thursday and received with military honors. Arbenz, a former army colonel who was overthrown in 1954 by a CIA- backed 'counter-revolutionary' force led by Col. Carlos Castillo Armas, died in Mexico City in 1971 and was buried in El Salvador, where his widow is from.

The coffin, draped in a Guatemalan flag, was transported from San Salvador in a Guatemalan Air Force plane, accompanied by Arbenz's widow, Maria Vilanova, his son and grandchildren, as well as by Guatemalan army cadets. The military fired cannons in a salute as the coffin was placed onto a horse-drawn carriage and transported to the San Carlos University, where students and university officials paid posthumous homage to the former president. University students accompanied the convoy along the route, chanting 'long live the soldier of the people,' as Arbenz was known for his land reform projects that ultimately led to his downfall. The coffin containing Arbenz's remains was then taken to the National Palace where it would remain until midnight. A burial ceremony is scheduled Friday. The university took particular interest in the return of the former leader's remains because he was a member of the revolutionary junta that granted the university autonomy following the 1944 overthrow of dictator Jorge Ubico.

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