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Gerardo Murillo (Dr. Atl) is accused of pretending that General Esteban Cantú, an ardent supporter of President Venustiano Carranza, should rebel against the established government. By denouncing this “attempt” of coup d’état, the General declares that he will always be loyal to carrancismo. However, the article combines this initial information with the purchase of a wireless station, later confiscated by agents from San Diego, California.
This document invites further inquiry into the links established between Dr. Atl, Venustiano Carranza and the German armed forces. In 1917, Dr. Atl was more immersed in politics than in art. However, his attitude served as a bridge for the ideas of Mexican artists to filter through to the national leaders of the time, such as Carranza and Álvaro Obregón. Both were part of the winning revolutionary faction at that moment.
The approaches between Dr. Atl and the Germans have not yet been completely cleared. However, the article states that the radio-telephone station could have been set up so as to establish operative communications from Baja California. In San Diego, the U.S. Secret Service affirmed that certain Mexican individuals served the German agents and that they acquired the equipment for them, with the intent to take it to the peninsula. What was Atl doing there?