BOLIVIA: Threatened Epidemic

From the bleak altiplano of Bolivia, the revolt of the traffic cops (TIME, Jan. 3) strutted out on a world stage. It sent a chill of apprehension throughout all Latin America. It scared the U.S. State Department into unseemly confusion. It even touched, lightly, the relations between Soviet Russia and the Americas.

The regime of President Gaulberto Villarroel, a 35-year-old Army major, had been recognized only by Argentina. The Inter-American Committee for Political Defense, meeting in Montevideo, had agreed that its member nations should consult before taking action; they were still consulting...

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