BOLIVIA: The Same Scissors

Down the steep cobbled streets of La Paz, coca-chewing Indians trotted under huge packs of bundled alpaca hides. In the market sun, Indian women in outlandish derby hats and bright-colored skirts haggled over little piles of shelled corn. It was winter, the good time in the Andes. The Indians (who comprise two-thirds of all Bolivians) were not even aware that political storms threatened the peace of La Paz.

But among Bolivia's propertied rulers, the one-in-ten who have a vote, there was crisis. The uneasy coalition of "national unity" that President Enrique Hertzog...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!