BOLIVIA: Coup for the Colonel

With a swiftness born of practice, the Andean capital of La Paz returned to normal last week after a bloody three-day coup d'état that left 110 dead and 600 wounded. Little evidence remained of the bitter fighting, except for the assault vehicles guarding La Paz University, where students loyal to deposed President Juan José Torres holed up in a futile battle that ended when seven were killed. Torres himself went the way of many of his predecessors: he flew off to exile in Peru.

In his place as head of a new military regime was Colonel Hugo Banzer Suárez, 45, a...

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