BOLIVIA: Why Smitest Thou Me?

Why Smitest Thou Me? The Bolivian regime of Provisional President Gualberto Villarroel last week discovered and scotched a plot to overthrow it. Warned in the nick of time, the Government caught one conspirator actually handing out cash to soldiers. Bigger fish captured were ex-Minister of War Ernesto Hertzog, two generals, and Lawyer Nestor Galindo, charged with distributing a 20,000,000 peso ($450,000) corruption fund. Biggest fish: German-born Argentine-naturalized Tin Magnate Mauricio Hochschild, jailed as principal.

Hochschfld's arrest meant that the Villarroel Government had declared total war on the three great tin companies (Patino,...

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