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Martial law, special courts imposed on Guatemala

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited by Cheryl Sullivan / July 2, 1982



Guatemala City

President Efrain Rios Montt imposed martial law on Guatemala Thursday, vowing that anyone caught with large amounts of weapons would be sentenced to death.

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In a nationally televised address, General Rios Montt said special courts will be set up to try suspected rebels, ''and anyone convicted of subversive acts will be shot immediately'' by a firing squad. He said his June amnesty program for guerrillas would not be extended.