CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Office of Current Intelligence3
CURRENT INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM (Supplement)
SUBJECT: Significant Developments in the Latin American Countries on theCritical List
sy^PS.thy strjlkes calledof government'reform measures"have been
jraspgnded..sinceuly in .order for the miners to convene an "extraordinary" union congressbe-ginning onuly to decide on future policy. Alsouly/ the miners attackedrogovernment peasant leader near' tholnlne area.of .Catayi, which may indicate that they intend to step up their militancy against the government, and that the crisis may be coningead.
miners1 congress was _he.ld inminingOP"in the accompanying ralTy "
in which numerous anti-US and antigovernment signs were prominentlyThxee "Coraraun'ist"union leaders reportedly made fiery speeches along the same lines. The congress ostensibly was called to "study" the government's mine reform proposals, but its actual purpose may have been to lay plans for tho miners to step up their campaign ofto the government's program.
tack reportedlythe deathroregime peasant leader,capiurV'of a'iarge cache of arms."gained, control of a. radio stationhaye__since beenntigovcrnmcht"'The national peasantis loyal to President Yictor Paz Estenssoro
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4. The government probably would prefer to
militia ratherof' using repressive pressures against the miners. Nevertheless, if conditions continue to grow worse. President Paz may be forced tolimited martial lawtate of siege in the area, and send in national police or possibly the army.