MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IN A QUANDARY OVER STUDENT CRISIS

Created: 8/23/1968

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Hexican Governmentuandary Over Student Crisis

attempt to turn theconfrontation in Mexicoialogue to have broken down and there is still no clearof when or how the crisis will dissipate.

A brief standoff occurred when moderate student groups agreed to meet with government representatives offering joint investigation of charges against the authorities. Radicalhowever, buoyed by the government's defensive position since the huge, orderly student demonstration last week, have sabotaged conciliatory moves and worked to harden student There is considerable incoherence on the student side, whichecognized The several presumptive spokesmen nevertheless appear unified on three basicniversity autonomy,of public forces in school matters, and repair of school buildings damaged during the riots. One student group claims that time is running against the government's side because of the approaching Olympic games, and is resisting all government overtures that are not direct and public.

There is no evidence that the government has in mind any major concessions to the students

overn meuna camm from its belief that giving in to the students could invite further demands, but that ignoring grievances would heighten the likelihood of further disruption of public order.

Diaz Ordaz plans to makestatement onyouth in his state ofaddress oneptember.

that Mexican puuiic opinion is more unsympathetic to the student causes than ever because of the riots. The government mayits own popularbyassive worker-peasant rally following Diaz Ordaz' address.

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youths are known to have been involved in the July riots that inauguratedrisis.

The Mexican Government -nay be underestimating the students In spite of the division in their ranks and the numerous limitations and pressures on

them, the students have made several spectacular, disciplined demonstrations of their strength and their willingness to confront the force of the government. The continuing impasse holds the possibility of furthor violent outbreaks. The next oa]or dem-

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