THE SITUATION IN PANAMA AS OF 1000 AM EDT

Created: 10/13/1968

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..CENTRAL INTBU.ICgrtCR ACSNCJ Directorate ot. . .

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Tho Situation0 AM EOT)

Tho cuzfaw imposed by tha National Guard provedt night and no violence haa been reported.

Arnulfo Aries remains in the Canal tone, lie is reported to be optimistic that thinga would turn out all right tot hia in the end. Arias conaldors,time to be in his favor

and expecta resistance to tho military -Junta to start developing although he has not ordered his followers to take any violent aotion. No firm InEormatlon is yat available, but thore arc indications that Arias' followers are planning to take some

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action against.the National Guai'd within the nextours.

l". Leaders of the University Studenta Union joet yesterday

The etudente are waiting for leaders of Aries' Panamoniata Party to docitfc laykion to taV.e. The students are afraid that they might get'caughtonfrontation with the Guard without support from other groups.

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4. Communist student's,anifesto yastorday fully opposing the military ooup. Tliey calledivic organizations to make pronouncements against the military takeover, Yhe students have stockpiled food at the university since they believe that the Guard is likely to take aomo aotlon against them,

_ S. Tbe country's new leaders continue trying to putovernment that retains somo elements of constitutional continuity. Arnulfo Arias* first vice-president, Raul Aratigu,owever* that he will not accept the presidency unless Arias voluntarily resigns, Th* second vice-president* Jose D. '< Batan, has also bean approached on his willingness toresident. Oacau, an effective politician with popular support in tho city of Colon* has not rejectud the overtures and is sounding out'his political associates on tbe question.

$. kumorseneral stlke to be called on Monday havo not been confirmed.

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