824.00/756: Telegram

The Chargé in Bolivia ( Muccio ) to the Secretary of State

23. My telegram May 17, 8 p.m. La Paz continues superficially tranquil. Secretary of Junta and Chief of Workers Federation announced by radio last night that agreement settling strike had been reached. Workers have not returned to work, however, insisting upon specific declaration by Junta as to wage increases and that one workers’ representative be appointed on Junta. Workers possessed themselves of the municipal building this morning.

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There is underlying current of discontent with present organization of Junta. Many feel that Toro is not coming to La Paz since there is considerable opposition to him. Rumors also that army is not unified. No information concerning conditions in other centers, though I have been reliably informed that garrison in Oruro have declared themselves against Toro.

Students also declared a strike this morning. Students and ex-service men not generally sympathetic with army.

Muccio