Guatemala City, Guatemala
1st May 1960
"Thousands of people gathered at the Guatemala City General Cemetery to say goodbye to the sixth President of Central America, Jonatán Maroto. Maroto was well-known for remodeling the entire Air Force and National Guard while improving the education and health of all Central Americans. A private funeral was held for his family and closest friends yesterday. Nathanael Blackwell, the former Vice President, was sworn in as the seventh President of Central America several hours after Maroto's death. He also met all of the cabin members throughout the day. The inauguration is going to happen in the matter of hours at the National Palace in Guatemala, where President Blackwell will speak to the people from the first time." ~ WIAM-FM
A couple of men listened to the radio while making several protest signs for the inauguration. Thousands of people were clearly against Blackwell, an American, becoming president of the country. Officials from the conservative party expressed heavily disappointed that the courts allowed Blackwell to become the president. While the liberal party cautiously released a statement saying how Blackwell lived in Central America for more than nine years, making him able to run for a government position. Like conservatives, liberals were questioning the decision.
One of the signs had the words: "Blackwell, ¡no eres uno de nosotros!"
"The sign looks good enough." Eustacio Santángel said to the teenager working on the sign, "Don't add anything that will divert our message to the American." Santángel was the president of the Students' Front, a socialist student organization at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. He became leader of the upcoming protest against Blackwell since he was born in the United States and ran on a pro-capitalist stance during his time as vice president. Santángel looked at the time and whistled to men, who were finishing up with the signs.
"It's time to head to the meeting spot. Don't forget your signs and anything important because we will be outside for hours. Now, if you are ready, let's go."
After a ten minute walk to the meeting area, hundreds of people were already waiting to start the march while dozens were arriving. From parents to the elderly, everyone came to the plaza to send a message to President Blackwell. Santángel's group began to get ready to march when he saw one of his closest friends near the fountain and approached him. José Sanz was the journalist that recently published an opinion piece that called Blackwell 'the bastard president.' The nickname became popular in the matter of days after the article was published.
"Sanz, I thought you went back to Belize City?" Santángel greeted his friend with a question.
"I couldn't miss this massive protest before I return home. It's better to see something in personal than hear it over the radio. Plus, it gives something for my next article." Sanz responded to his friend's question while he finished up writing notes about the protesters.
"Well, almost everything is better than listening to the radio." Santángel reached into his pocket for a box of cigarette and offered one to Sanz. He laughed.
"No thank you. I have been smoke free for three months." Sanz proudly stated while his friends rolled his eyes and muttered something to himself. Santángel lit the cigarette, inhaled it, and then exhaled. "Your lost." he said.
As soon as he said that, some of the marchers heard that the inauguration had begun from the radios and began to march. Soon enough, everyone else began their march towards the palace while shouting their message to the president. Santángel noticed that the march was getting started and quickly asked Sanz if he wanted to join his group. He nodded and followed Santángel back to his group while he was finishing up his cigarette. Once they arrived at the group's location, Santángel looked around and dropped the cigarette to the ground. Then, he stepped on several times as he grabbed his sign.
"Alright, people. Let's march."
1st May 1960
President Nathanael Blackwell read the speech one last time before his name was called as the music was playing. He knew that it the people aren't unhappy with him becoming president since he was an America. And despite telling people that he was raised in Central America, many still believed that Blackwell is an American puppet. The spokesperson clarified several times that he hasn't have any contacts with any blood relatives and government officials in the United States. Sadly, it hasn't stopped people from trying.
Once La Granadera (the country's national anthem) began to play, Blackwell knew that it was time. Time to face the people of Central America and convince the people that he will defend them from international threats. He gave his paper to one of the waiters and waited for his name to be announced. When he heard his name, the double doors were opened by the honor guard and Blackwell began walking towards the podium. He heard the crowd cheering and applauding while he shook some hands of government and military officials. Finally, he approached the podium and tapped on the microphone to see if it worked before he started his speech.
"My fellow citizens of this great nation, before I begin my speech, we need to have a moment of silence for President Jonatán Maroto." Blackwell waited a minute before continuing with his speech, "I am grateful and honor to be the President of this great nation. Even known I wasn't born here, I am a Central American. My parents and I left behind the United States during their civil war from Central America. Guatemala City was our new home and my father used his knowledge as a farmer to work at a banana farm. The American Dream failed my father and many other Americans; however, Central America allowed him a chance to rebuild. It was the reason why I decided to pursue for a position in the government. So I have a chance to help those who are still suffering from the economic depression of the thirties."
"Sadly, there are those who are accusing me of being an American puppet or a spy. I want to make it clear: I am not working from the United States. I understand that you are worried about a foreigner being your leader. But, I have been a citizen since the forties and I have proven that I would protect this country again and again. I don't know what more I can than to promise you all this. I will bring prosperity, wealth, and protection to Central America for the next generation. And when my time in office ends, I hope that you at least respect me from achieving those three goals. Thank you and God bless the Federation!"
The crowd erupted in applause when he finished his speech. As Blackwell waved at the crowd, he saw the protester in the background with their signs while shouting something inaudible. The police were doing their job and tried to calm the protesters. After waving for a few seconds, Blackwell left to head back inside the palace to begin working on the future of Central America.