ECONOMIC DISLOCATION IN CHUNGKING FOLLOWING WEEKS OF SERIOUS FIGHTING

Created: 7/26/1968

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MID- MARCH 38 ECONOMIC DISLOCATION IN CHUNGKING FOLLOWING WEEKS OF SERIOUS FIGHTING.

C SUMMARY. THE SERIOUS FIGHTING WICH RAGED IM CHUNGKINGD -MARCH TO EARLY MAY WAS BROUGHTER CONTROL WHEN THE PLA INTERVENED At.TJ CONFISCATED THE WEAPONS PREVIOUSLY SEIZED FROM THE MILITARY BY THE WARRING FACTIONS. BYEMBLANCE OF :RDER HAD BEEN RESTORED IN THE CITY, AND WAS BEING MAINTAINED BY ARMED MILITARY PATROLS. THEREEVER, THE LEGACY OF THE FIGHTING: DAMAGED FL ANT S, CLOSED SCHOOLS, AKD SHORTAGES OF BASIC'lD SUMMARY.

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SERIOUS FIGHTING BROKE OUT MID-MARCM. H^H

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SEZIED WEAPONSM UN IT ION FROM THE LIBERATION ARKY TROOPS, AND FROM THEN OK THE CITY WAS FILLED WITH THE SOUND OF GUNFIRE. EVEN3 ER AT ION ARMY COULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SHOPS WERE CLOSED, AND TRAFFIC CAMEOMPLETE STANDSTILL IN TKE CITY. ANYONE WALKING IN THE STREETS WAS LIABLE TO BE KILLED AT NAYHE LIBERATION ARMY 3ROUGHT IN THE TWO VITAL COMMODITIES OF RICE AND COAL. AHD THUS TKE FOUR MILLION PEOPLE OF CHUNGKING DID NOT STARVET HO UG HT THE FOOD SITUATION WAS mWWM PRETTY TENSE.

3. HBH SITUATION LASTED UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF MAY, WHEN TKE CENTRAL ANNOUNCED IT WAS DETERMINED TO SETTLE THE CHUNGKING SITUATION. THE

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EMPQWED TKE CHUNGKING GARRISON WLM HHHHHI TO RETRIEVE ALL WEAPONS.HE FIGHTING CAME TO AN ABRUPTONETHELESS, TKE WEEKS OF FIGHTING BROUGHT SERIOUS DAMAGE TO MANY PLANTS, SCHOOLS, AND HOUSES.

4. THERE ARE STILL'a LARGE NUMBER OF GUNS WHICH THE CHUNGKING GARRISON HAS NOT RETRIEVED. INTERMITTENT G'JNFIRE CAN STILL BE HEARD, ANDND ROBBER IE3 TAKE PLACE FREQUENTLY. HOWEVER, THE LIBERATION ARMY HAD PUT OM EXTRA SENTRIES AMD ARMED

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PATROLS, AND THIS HAS MADE THE CITY SOMEWHAT SAFER FOR THE PEOPLE. ORDER IS GRADUALLY BEING RESTORED. POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATICN SERVICES ARE RESUMING SLOWLY, AFTER BEING COMPLETELY CUT OFF SINCEARCH.EMPLOYEES ARE STILL APPREHENSIVE ABOUT RETURNING TO VORX.

5. THE MARKET REMA INS TERR IBLE TENSE. ATNE CAW ONLY BUY SOME FRESH GREENS FROM THE PEASANTS. NAT'jRALLY, TH PRICE OF THESE GREENS HAS RISENCX ITEi'iS AS SOAP AHD TOOTHPASTE ARE COMPLETELY OUT

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ult to predict whether serious fight ins will resume, but if it does, it Vill not 3ec0me as serious as it was IN march.

because the peopleeep hatred tf fight If.'S, flSD they are all for tke liberation army taking the necessary measures to safeguard security.

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