three days of rioting in Caracas, which continued late onovonber, wero touched off by an illegal strike of Caracas telephone workers onovember. Tho strike lt-solf was reportedly settled less thanours after it bo-gan, but students and other pro-Castro opposition elements Joined the agitation of the strikers and continued rioting, possibly with the organizational assistanceangerous Cuban student agitator who had been scheduled to arrive in Caracas onovember.
The union of telephone workers Is reportedly controlled by the Democratic Republican Unionho leftist pro-Castro party which withdrew froa the three-party coalitiononovember and wag
omitted from President Be tan-court '8 reorganized cabinet onovember. Tbe URD has beeneftist roorlonta-tlon of tho Botancourt regime, and may be expected to continue agitation against the government
The army and the government security forces, however, appoar to be actively supporting the regime, and no widespreadhas boon reported outside the capital. (CONFIDENTIAL)
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