The government continues to use pre-emptive force to forestall the violent opposition it anticipates from the left. It apparently is lessabout the economic recovery program's impact on the workingpotentially more serious threat.
Opposition activity appears to be picking up somewhat in the countryaide and intercepted military communications indicatepecial countergucrrilla brigade has launched an operation in the south. The national police reportedly have reassumed primary responsibility for maintaining public order, freeing the armed forces to concentrate on training in counter-insurgency tactics.
Some progress toward the formationew anti-government organization II but the left is not yet readyormnated guerrilla-terrorist campaign. The apparent existence offronts and commands suggests that much or-ganlzatlonal work remains. Opposition groups inII are warning their members to beware of an HiegecT^overnmcnt plan to trap unwary leftists byhoney clandestine radio stationall to take to the streets and fight.
The most radical leftist groups probably remain anxious to take up arms, but not all components of the former Popular Unity coalition are convinced that violence is the best tool with which to confront the government. Some groups appear to believe that fo-mentlng strikes among workers disgruntled by the growing gap between wages and prices would be more productive.
The left's present ability to mobilize theis as questionable as its readiness for querrilla warfare, but the regime publicly admits that there will be no early end to the economic squeeze. Moreover, there ere indications of rising unemployment. Should workers come to believe that they are making all the sacrifices, resentment could lead to strikes even though leftist organizers have been removed from their factory jobs. Widespread strikesotentially greater threat to the government than bands off rural guerrillas or urban terrorists.
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