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A Renewed Violence in Mexico
this weekevel that raises doubt about the Mexican Government'sto keep the Olympic events and the many foreign visitorsfrom its domestic crisis. The long firefight betweenand army troops on the nightctober left many dead and hundreds wounded, at least doubling the previous casualties in the two-month student campaign.
as of the utmost importance to the government.
The government, for its part, is so determined to preventof the games and tothe visitors that security forces are likely to overreact against student provocations. The potential for further violentis therefore high.
trained observers at the scene reported that the encounterremeditatedby the students, whowere well armed. Student strike leaders, perhapsthey had already won avictory in their reoc-cupation of the nationalafter the troopspledged to continue the campaign against the government and broadened their demands. They now appear determined to try to force cancellation of the Olympics, which they recognize
The "martyrs" created during the past week will probablya new rallying point forstudents in the provinces, where several demonstrations have been staged in support of theCity strikers. All military zone commanders now have authority to move against disorderly students in the provinces without checking with the capital. One student demonstrator was killed by police this week in tho state ofand further trouble isin other states as well as inOriginal document.