Bolivia: Preventing Trouble Before It Starts

The sharp rap on the door of the La Paz hotel suite was impossible to ignore, even at 5 on a Sunday morning. Former Bolivian President Hernàn Siles Zuazo, 50, stumbled drowsily out of bed to answer the summons, and there stood half a dozen members of the government's control político police. "You mean you're going to arrest the chief of the revolution?" asked Siles. They were indeed. Two days later, Siles and 33 other, lesser Bolivians were unceremoniously air-expressed to exile in neigh boring Paraguay.

The regime of President Victor Paz Estenssoro accused Siles of plotting to overthrow the...

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