PANAMA: People v. President

Most revolutions are masterminded by a strong man or a junta or a committee of the elite, but in Panama last week the people themselves pulled the revolutionary strings. Panama's official President-maker, Colonel José ("Chichi") Remón, bided his time and eventually supplied the firepower.

Chichi Remón, boss of the National Police, Panama's only armed force, does not like revolutions; he likes to keep the country quiet, so that he, his cops and his business friends can live in peace. But President Arnulfo Arias, whom Chichi restored to offi'ce 18 months ago, was not...

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