Click on the link here for Audio Player: Rioting in Panama Canal – Jan. 8-9, 1964
Amid growing resentment over U.S, domination of the Panama Canal, rioting had broken out in the Canal Zone. Stemmed largely from an incident over flag raising by students at a nearby university, it begged a bigger question; how long was the U.S. going to occupy the Canal Zone? Some fifty years since the completion of the Panama Canal, the Panamanian government wanted to retain control of the waterway, and calls for negotiating a settlement with an eye toward independence for the zone were not being met with enthusiasm by the Johnson Administration. As of this January 9th in 1964, the story was still developing and tensions were running high.With casualties reported on both sides, an appeal for calm went out. But also an appeal for renewed negotiations on a settlement.
And so it went.
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