STUDENTS STATGE MAJOR DISORDERS IN MEXICO

Created: 8/2/1968

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STUDENTS STAGE MAJOR DISORDERS IN MEXICO

disorders that began in Mexico City onulylassic example of the ability to divert ademonstrationajor riot. Technical studentspolice interventiontudent problem several days previously were agitated byyouths out celebrating the Castro revolution. The resultild confrontation with police during which many injuries and much property damage occurred.

ariety of local issues for the past three years. of sympathy andfor their student comrades in Mexico City by provincial youth groups may preclude an early solution to the present situation. Two students arc reported dead in the Mexican Gulf state of Tabasco in the waketudent-police fray, and student rioting has occurred in Jalapa, the capital of.

zeal to continue the campaign against policeand authority in general eruptedecond, moreand apparently spontaneous manifestation early onuly. Harsh police methods designed to breaktudentonoral rampage of secondary schoolthat soon became The federal paratroopers who were called in to restore order roughed up sevoral hundred youths and broke into university-connected schools, therebyuniversity autonomy.

Mounting student grievances over police treatment in thecrisis are aggravating the poor relationship between theand the government. The Diaz Ordaz administration has been confronted with aseries of student strikes

The administration has made good on Diaz Ordaz' warning several weeks ago to leading Communists that the government would hold them culpable for any disruption of order prior to or during the Olympics. The government's immediate response to the first outbreakonh, which waswas toumber of prominent Communists.

^ ljitsrdli_y s iii-ci.ji that its youth groups would create disturbances. Although theclaims to have solidthat the Communist Party engineered the fracas onuly and reportedly has indications of Soviet Embassy complicity, it is unlikely that the Soviets would so undermine their carefully

nurtured good relations with

the Mexicans .1

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