Carlos Enrique Díaz de León (1910-1971) 25th President of Guatemala. Chief of the armed forces, took over when Arbenz resigned. Diaz spoke to the nation on the radio - "The struggle against the mercenary invaders of Guatemala will not abate. Colonel Arbenz had done what he thought was his duty. I shall carry on." In consequence of stating his presidential commitment to resisting foreign invasion, he was forcibly removed from office under threat of machine gun after only 24 hours.