Bolivia: Operation Cynthia

Down with the Yanquis,

Down, down.

Down with Barrientos,

Down, down.

We shall defeat the accursed forces.

Forward, forward.

This song is heard these days in the rugged jungle country of southeastern Bolivia, where it is sung by a band of Castro-style guerrillas who are harassing the eleven-month-old regime of President René Barrientos. Though they number only about 100 men (some say as few as 60), the guerrillas have caused consternation in the Bolivian government and army. At first, Bolivia's army promised a speedy campaign and victory over the guerrillas. But it has found...

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