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The Chargé in Venezuela (Maleady) to the Secretary of State

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365. Junta President Betancourt on nationwide hook-up this p.m., said attempt made before dawn today block off presidential palace and Ministry Defense with autobuses but these quickly seized and arms they carried confiscated. Uprising Puerto de la Cruz quickly put down by army troops from nearby Barcelona, and disturbances various Andean towns likewise promptly smothered.

He announced attempt overthrow government frustrated; situation under control therefore no need suspend civil guarantees.

Also said had gone on air himself at request Junta Cabinet members who felt his doing so would in itself be reassuring.