MEXICAN STUDENTS STILL SPAR WITH GOVERNMENT

Created: 9/13/1968

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Mexican Students Still Spar With Government

students havethe government's response to their demands and areto continue their movement in the streets. Theyilent "mourning" march oneptember, which if carried out will indicate how cohesive the movement still is and will show also the extent of thedetermination to use force.

The latost official reply to the students amountedeiteration of tho stern position taken by President Diaz ordaz in his state of the union messageeptember and probablytentative negotiations that had been under way. The government appears to believe that its behind-the-scenesto divide the students has been effective enough to risk provoking the strikers.

An officially inspiredof the authentic student

body" has publicly opposed the strike, and other government-influenced sectors have voiced their support for the President. The press has reportedrogovernment, anti-Communist demonstrationeptember in the capital.

The government may, however, continue to underestimate the studonts, whose recently found ability to rattle the authorities haseady experience that could play into the hands ofleaders who have most to gainrolongation of the unrest.

The embassy estimates that these radicals have only aability to cause serious disruption at the Olympicsonctober and notes no suggestion yet of any moves growing out of the studentthat mightaffect

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