PANAMA: STUDENT PROTESTS AND VIOLENCE

Created: 10/15/1968

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During the coming months of adjustment to the new system some student protests are inevitable. If, however, the Faure reforms are implemented with imagination and skill, they are likely toecurrence of widespread student violence. J-

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Scattered violence against the new mili-government continues, but support for

AriasHs.dwindling.

Students clashed with the national guardand Comrnunist-led student leaders are trying to organize additional violence. The large Conrnunist-controlled Panamanian Federation of Students hasleaflets in the capital denouncing the junta and calling for active resistance. Although these elements are not particularly sympathetic to Arias, they are using antimilitarist sentiment to provoke disorders.

The general strike and armed resistance to the unta which Arias called for did not materializeerday. Some party leaders in the Arias coalition believe that his cause is doomed and hope that he can be persuaded to leave the country in order to clear the wayeturn to civilian government.

They will probably desert Arias at the" frrsr oppor--tunity.

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