822.00/1111: Telegram

The Consul General at Guayaquil (McDonough) to the Secretary of State

Attempted dictatorship by the President Velasco Ibarra early this morning presumably failed and Acting Governor here, Victor Janer, states that he is imprisoned, telegraph communication is cut off with Quito and further developments not known here. Guayaquil is without disorder but Governor and Chief of Police have been imprisoned this afternoon by order of the Commander of the Military Zone Colonel Andrade who has stated that Army is supporting constitution against dictatorship. Acting Governor is legal constitutional authority as municipal councilor. About 25 prominent citizens were arrested this morning by the police under the President’s orders but all now have been released by the Commander of the Military Zone and Acting Governor.