STUDENTS THREATEN TO PROLONG CRISIS
by Mexican students toationwide strike if their demands are not met have intensified government efforts to calm the situation, at least through the Olympics this fall.
The broad student support generated by the issues ofautonomy and police brutality, the apparentof many youths toto violence, and the fact that the current agitation has not even touched upon many of the grievances aired in other recent riots,ighly volatile situation. Themay, therefore, figure it prudent to go further than usual in acceding to such demands as firing the police chief andinjured students.
President Diaz Ordaz may decide, however,ore dramatic tactic is needed in view of expanding student demands Together with their immediate grievances, the students are now calling for the release of all political prisoners. This issue won them the support of
leftist former president Lazaros,'
Oder sensitive area has been reopened with the formationeachers' committee tothe allegedoftudents.
The government's strategy over the pastconcessions mixed with arm-twist ing and encouraging university rectors to make common cause with the students in order tooderatingwas effective. Two mass student marches took place without and there has been no sig nificant violence this week.
The pressure on Diaz Ordaz to reconcile the student demands and to restore the government's prestige is particularlybecause of Mexico'stoood image The preparations for the Olympics in October haveremendouswhich the government expects to pay off in prestige as well as in enlarged tourist receipts.Original document.