Despite evident tight security on the streets of Guatemala City on Wednesday (24 March) life in the capital was reported to be calm.
SV Woman carrying water melons in basket on her hand in market place in Guatemela City.
SV People buying drinks and crowds in market. (2 SHOTS)
SV Soldiers on guard outside building
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Crowd in street TO soldiers.
SV People buying vegetables. People walking in street (3 SHOTS)
CU Soldier reading newspaper.
GV INTERIOR General Rios Montt talking to newsmen in Spanish. (3 SHOTS)
SV Troops in street and inside buildings. (2 SHOTS)
GV Troops in jeep driving through city.
GV Presidential Palace with people walking in grounds.
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Background: Despite evident tight security on the streets of Guatemala City on Wednesday (24 March) life in the capital was reported to be calm. The new military junta, led by Brigadier-General Efrain Rios Montt, came to power in a coup on Tuesday (23 March) by deposing President Lucas Garcia. The junta has suspended the constitution and abolished the Parliament. The coup was led by young officers sympathetic to opponents of the deposed president who say presidential elections held earlier this month had been fraudulent. General Rios Montt, seen here speaking to newsmen in Guatemala City, has pledged to respect and guarantee human rights but also said that the three-man junta will look into the possibility of seeking assistance from the United States after working out its needs. The United States suspended military aid to the previous Guatemelan government in 1979 because of its records on human rights.