REACTION TO RESUMPTION OF DIPLOMAT RELATIONS, BOCAS DEL TORO MARCH, SITUATION A

Created: 4/4/1964

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APPRAISAL OF THE CURRENT SITUATION. IT IS

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GENERAL REACTION IN PANAMA TO THE RESUMPTIONRELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES APPEARS TO BE BOTH THE NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO HAVE HANDLEDCORRECTLY AND HAVE THEREBYEDUCTION INWHICH HAS EXISTED THIS PAST WEEK. THEAPPEARS SATISFIED AND PLEASED WITH THE RESUMPTION THE EXTREME LEFT ON THE OTHER HAND, APPEARS TOCONFUSED BY DEVELOPMENTS BUT WILL PROBABLY NOTTO REACT STRONGLY FOR SEVERAL DAYS. THE EXTREMEALSO WAITING FOR PRESIDENT CHIARI TO EXPLAIN WHAT THEOF RELATIONS MEANS AS FAR AS THE QUESTION OF3 TREATY

IS CONCERNED.

APPEARS THAT MEMBERS OF THE VANGUARDIA ACCIONREVOLUTIONARY GROUP) WILL ATTEMPT TO HOLDPUBLIC MEETING IN PANAMA CITYPRIL INTHE CERRO TUTE UPRISING THE DEMONSTRATIONS OFHOWEVER WILL PROBABLY BE LIMITED TO THE SOVREIGNTYTHE BOCOS DEL TOPO BANANA ZONE AND THE DEMONSTRATIONSDE VERAGUAS IN COMMERATION OF THE CERRO TUTE. UPRISING.

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GOVERNMENT OF PANAMA IS WELL AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THE BOCAS DEL TORO DEMONSTRATION IS POTENTIALLYT IS BELIEVEDIOLENT DEMONSTRATION RESULTING IN INJURY TO WORKERS BY MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD COULD VERY WELL CAUSE DISTURBANCES IN OTHER AREAS OF PANAMA. IT HAS BEENTHAT OTHER SECTORS OF THE COUNTRY ARE PREPARED TO REACT SYMPATHETICALLY IN THE EVENT OF SUCH AN OCCURRENCE. IT CANNOT BE SAID HOWEVER THAT SUCH VIOLENCE WILL DEFINITELY OCCUR IN BOCAS DEL TOROS.

RUBEN REYNA, HEAD OF THE PANAMANIAN INTER UNIONCOMMITTEE IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID THAT HE WAS DELIGHTED THAT RELATIONS WERE BEING RESUMED AND HAD SENT ATELEGRAM TO PRESIDENT CHIARI. REYNA COMMENTED FURTHER THAT HE HAD NO INTENTION OFENERAL STRIKE IN SYMPATHY OF THE BANANA WORKERS UNLESS WORKERS ARE KILLED OR INJUREDESULT OF THE CHJRiQUI LAND COMPANY STRIKE TACTICS. THIS STRIKE IS CURRENTLY IN ITS EIGHTH DAY. PRESIDENT CHIARI'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FAILED IN HIS ATTEMPT TO PERSUADE THE COMPANY TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE UNION. THE NEXT MOVES FOR SETTLEMENT ARE AS YET NOT KNOWN.

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