COLOMBIA: The Wheel of Hate

Colombia's three-year undeclared civil war reached a new pitch of ferocity. Heretofore, most of the fighting had been confined to the countryside, where Conservative troops and police fought pitched battles against "bandits," i.e., Liberal guerrillas. Last week the capital city of Bogotá was torn with strife.

Following a funeral for five guerrilla-slain policemen, some 200 well-coached civilian "rioters" sacked and burned the headquarters of two Liberal newspapers, one of them El Tiempo (circ. 180,000), Latin America's most distinguished newspaper since the destruction of Buenos Aires' La Prensa. The attackers destroyed the newspaper's...

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