BOLIVIA: Death at the Palace

Tyranny was repaid with death. At the end of 96 hours of bloody fighting, the body of President Gualberto Villarroel last week hung from a "lamp post in La Paz's handsome Plaza Murillo. His bemedaled official photograph decorated the sheet that draped his naked body, and one of his military boots hung from under his arm.

Striking students and teachers had sparked the revolution four days before. Around the grey stone presidential palace (which houses the best bowling alley in Bolivia) they had stormed and shouted. As the President spoke, gunfire rattled. The...

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