BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE BORDER CLASHES OF 9 JANUARY, THE ATTITUDE OF COMM

Created: 1/16/1964

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THE DEMOCRATIC SLATE OF THE RENOVAC ION ESTUDlANTIL INSTITUTORA (RCI) WON THE RECENT STUDENT ELECTIONS AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE, DEFEATING THE CANDIDATES OF THE VAI (MEANINGHICH IS CONTROLLED BY* THEO DEL PUEBLO (PDP, PEOPLE'SNSTALLATION OF THE NEWFFICERS WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AT THE INSTITUTE AT HOURSAN 6U; HOWEVER,EW MINUTES BEFORE THAT TIME, MEMBERS OF THE VAI TRIED TO DISRUPT THE PROCEEDINGS WITH THE UNEXPECTED ANNOUNCEMENTARCH TO THE BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL WAS TO BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO RAISE THE PANAMANIAN FLAG IN THE CANAL ZONE.

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CARS, AND THE SITUATION READILY GOT OUT OF CONTROL AS OTHERS QUICKLY JOINED THE MOB.

P.M. FOUR AUTOMOBILESH OF JULY AVENUE ATZONE BORDER HAD BEEN SET AFIRE.- CARLOS NUNEZ,LEADER, WAS EXHORTING THE CROWD FROM AN IMPfcOVlSHED INCREASE THEIR ACTS OF VIOLENCE. HE SAID THAT THIS WAS THE TIMC

TO FINISH OFF THE YANKEE IMPERIALISTS, AND THAT THE CROWD SHOULD MOVE TOWARD THE LIMITS DESTROYING EVERYTHING ALONG THE WAY THAT EVEN LOOKED AS THOUGH IT MIGHT HAVE LINKS WITH. HE WAS FOLLOWEDPEAKER BY FLOYD BRITTON, PDP STUDENT LEADER, WHO SPOKE IMILAR MANNER, URGING EVERY PERSON IN THE CROWD TOANKEE. WITH NUNEZ AND EDITION IN THE LEAD THE CROWD BEGAN ITS DESTRUCTIVE MARCH, WITH NUNEZ AND BR ITTON CONTINUALLY URGING THEM TO GREATER EFFORTS.

THE CROWD WAS DISPERSED AT THE LIMITS BY TEAR GAS,THEIR WAY BACK TO THE INSTITUTE WHERE AN IMPROMPTUTOOK PLACE. CARRASQUILLA (FNU) SAID THATMUST ORGANIZE IMMEDIATELY AND BEGIN AN OFFENSIVE

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INCITED THE PARTICIPANTS AND LED THEM IN SHOUTING. SLOGANS. THE LEADERS IMMEDIATELY BEGAN ORGANIZING BRIGADES OF FROM FIVEN PERSONS, AND INSTRUCTED THEM '0 GO OUT INTO THE STREETS AND BREAK

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SET FIRE TO ANYTHING THAT EVEN SMELLED OF YANKEE ISM. IT WAS AFTER THIS ORGANIZATION Of BRIGADES THAT THE MAJOR DAMAGE TOOK PLACE, SUCH AS THE BURNING OF THE PAN AMERICAN BUILDING, THE CANAL ZONE PHARMACY, BRANIFF OFFICES, ETC.

k. ONHE NATIONAL INSTITUTE WAS AGAIN THE CENTER FOR ORGANIZING VIOLENCE.

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