PANAMA: Operation Friendship

As 5,000 spectators watched and bands played, the Panamanian and U.S. flags rose last week for the first time, side by side, on newly set, identical poles over a Canal Zone plaza. Thus fulfilled was President Eisenhower's order to give evidence of Panama's "titular sovereignty" over the zone. Nationalist Rabble-Rouser Aquilino Boyd, who led last November's anti-American riots, expressed "jubilation."

The flag raising will not end all friction. Even at last week's ceremony, 30 Panamanian high school students waved signs and chanted: "Our aspirations have been mocked." Panama will certainly soon renew demands for a larger cut of canal revenues.

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