PARAGUAY: A Time for Decision

In uneasy Asunción, marines and green-uniformed cavalrymen patrolled empty streets. All 18 of the city's streetcars (which are frequently chartered for funeral hearses) headed for the car barns. Shops, whose food supplies were cut by roadblocks, sold out quickly and locked their doors. Paraguay was set for a fight.

It got set last fortnight, when members of the opposition Febrerista Party and some Communists raided the police station. There it might have ended. But at Concepción, a once industrious, now seedy port on the red clay banks of the Paraguay River, Army officers balked at President Morinigo's orders to arrest...

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