BOLIVIA: Shots & Plots

The DC-4. droning west from Santa Cruz to the Bolivian capital of La Paz with 47 political prisoners on board, had been aloft only five minutes one morning last week when one of the passengers asked a fellow captive, Andres Saucedo, for a cigarette. Imperceptibly, all the others strained to hear the reply from Saucedo. a cashiered colonel and their leader by common agreement. "In flight, my friend?" Saucedo answered loudly. With that prearranged signal, the prisoners overwhelmed their three guards and took control of the plane. The DC-4 dipped a wing, swung around, headed toward Salta, Argentina. 500...

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