822.00/1114: Telegram

The Minister in Ecuador (Gonzalez) to the Secretary of State

41. In view of inability to communicate by telegraph I sent the Department the following factual message by wireless in clear.

“Opposition majority in Senate resolved last night not to attend further sessions in view of lack of adequate police protection. President counteracted this morning by arresting President of the Senate and leaders of opposition and issuing a decree to convoke Constitutional Assembly in October. This action has been interpreted by armed forces as virtual establishment of dictatorship and unconstitutional. Accordingly they withdrew support and demanded resignation of President. It now appears that Army has arrested President, has released opposition leaders, and has taken over control in Quito and Guayaquil. Armed forces appear united and supported by police. General Staff has declared that its policy is solely to maintain and support Constitution and that it will turn over power temporarily to duly selected man enjoying general public confidence. Intense excitement but no serious disorders or casualties have as yet occurred. Situation obscured and uncertain.”

Not accepted last night; filed August 21, 10 a.m.