THE AMERICAS: That Stalled Feeling

THE AMERICAS That Stalled Feeling

In a single week of explosive violence, three Latin American nations clamped on martial law or states of siege (see map).

¶ Nicaraguan rebels launched an airborne revolt against a heritage of dictatorship.

¶ A trifling incident set off a flash fire of deadly rioting in Ecuador.

¶ A show of bravado by Paraguayan students brought that country back under jackboot dictatorship.

Behind the violence, in each case, lay deep feelings of thwarted expectation. Partly the hope is for freedom, a hope frustrated by dictatorships and fumbling...

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