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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

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Wednesday, November 6, 1968
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Palm Beach Post, Wed., November 6, 196829 vN WALL Burma's Reds Reel From Setbacks c VAL TO mm GALLON one woman political worker. But It is obvious that Chinese pressure on the Burmese could easily be Increased many times over. In fact, propaganda attacks by the Peking Radio on the Ne Win regime have been less frequent and a bit less strident of late, leading to speculation that at least some elements in the Chinese leadership might be interested in patching up relations. CLOSE-OUT A, 5& I TO WLVnj j a struggle against Burma's chronic insurgency. In the North, particularly in the Kachin and northern Shan states, the situation seems to have been deteriorating. Little or nothing is said about this officially because of the fear that Communist China might be drawn into more open support for the rebels there. The Burmese army is said to have stopped patroling this region so as to avoid border clashes with the Chinese. In effect, then, the border which was demarcated only eight years ago, seems to be creeping south. According to one unconfirmed report, the chief of staff of the Burmese Army, Brig. San Yu, had a narrow escape about 20 miles from Lashio from an ambush in which a number of members of his escort party were killed. Rumor has it that Chinese advisers have been attached to some of the rebel bands and that the army has taken a few Chinese prisoners, including PRICES GOOD THRU S The result was that they switched their loyalty to the army, which made a series of successful surprise attacks on Communist strongholds, capturing the main headquarters on Sept. 19, five days before Thakin Than Tun was shot. However, it is still too soon to take these successes as proof that the army is finally getting the upper hand in its Cardinal W ysznski To Visit Vatiean WARSAW, Poland (AP) Stefan Cardinal Wysznski, banned from travel abroad since he angered Communist authorities in 1965, left by train Monday night for a visit to the Vatican. He was expected to be gone a month or so. The cardinal, 67, incurred Communist wrath after the Polish bishops addressed a letter of forgiveness and reconciliation to the German bishops during the 1965 Ecumenical Council. The cardinal was accused of meddling in foreign affairs. f Chubby f Fashions $ for i Children SIMONS 4 716 Clematis St. 4 & West Palm Beach 4 cause of economic shortages and, potentially at least, a time of opportunity for the rebels. But Instead of making a broad national appeal that might have won them support, they took the narrowest of Ideological stands. Readiness to kill with cruelty became the test of revolutionary fervor. The old-line leaders were accused of being revisionists and were hacked to death, usually by women, while their erstwhile comrades cried, "Hail victory?" or "Red power?" Three members of the party's eight-man Politburo died in this manner. Soon Thakin Than Tun found he had to disarm a number of his followers, according to White Flag insurgents who surrendered to the government. Increasingly he relied on militant younger members of the party, some of whom had been trained in China. Then in the last two months before his death, he began a bloody purge of these young men. Meanwhile, the terror had spread through villages that had been generally loyal to the White Flag Communists. Given Title CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ralph Holcomb's official title as an employe of the city of Charlotte is "sweeping apparatus designer and fabricator." He makes brooms that fit the city's street sweeping vehicles." (C ) Nrw York Tlmm New Service MANDALAY. Burma Communist Insurgents operating in the densely forested hills of Central Burma are reeling from a disastrous series of setbacks a year after Communist China declared its open support for their rebellion. The worst of their troubles have been self-inflicted. Purges inspired by China's cultural revolution led to a bloodletting in which most of the old leaders of what are known as the White Flag Communists were wiped out. The movement's discipline, which had survived 20 years of guerrilla fighting, started to collapse as the purges gained In momentum, the victims being tortured to death In execution rites. This collapse culminated in the reported assassination in September of the leader of the White Flags, Thakin Than Tun, by a young follower embittered by the executions and fearful of being purged himself. Before he took to the hills, Thakin Than Tun had been one of the heroes of Burma's independence movement. 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