814.00/303: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Guatemala (Thurston)

Your May 17, 10 a.m. You may in your discretion say to President Cabrera that while this Government disclaims any interference with purely local political affairs in Guatemala, it cannot help but observe with the greatest interest and attention the actual practical observance or non-observance in a sister American Republic of the principles of true democracy, one of which is that of free speech, and cannot but deprecate harsh repressive and undemocratic measures in this respect.