MEXICO . . . ZEDILLO HUNTS DOWN REBELS

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Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo this morning sent thousands of troops to southern Mexico's Chiapas state to flush out the Zapatista resistance. Unconfirmed reports gauged the force at 40,000 soldiers, a much larger military action than the government has so far been willing to undertake. Thursday, Zedillo reversed Mexico's policy of trying to make peace with the Zapatista National Liberation Army by promising to help the poor. Instead, he ordered the arrest of top guerrilla leaders after accusing them of "preparing new and great acts of violence, not only in Chiapas but in other parts of the country."