CANAL ZONE: Puzzling Affair

Along Fourth of July Avenue, which forms the international boundary between Panama City and a residential area of the U.S.-controlled Canal Zone, 2,000 demonstrators and students, angry at being turned back when they tried to plant Panamanian flags on zone soil, stoned zone policemen. Across the city, 150 taut-faced Panamanians advanced on the U.S. embassy, hauled down the U.S. flag, hoisted Panama's, ripped the flag to shreds. With bird guns, bayonets and bazookas, U.S. troops came to guard the boundary. They had pinked nine Panamanians with bayonets, wounded three with bullets, sprayed nine more with bird shot.

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