Bolivia: State of Anarchy

"So far as we can see," said a foreign diplomat in La Paz, "we are living in a state of anarchy." One week after President Victor Paz Estenssoro had been toppled by a military uprising, about the only thing General René Barrientos and his junta of colonels had proved was that it is easier to foment a revolution than to run a government.

Rioters had opened the jails, spilling hundreds of criminals onto the streets. A mob ransacked Paz Estenssoro's home so completely that even the toilets were carried away. The stories circulating...

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