Bolivia: Foiling a Coup

A kidnaped President is freed

Bolivia has undergone nearly 80 changes of government during its 159 years of independence, not even counting the 100 or more regimes that managed to cling to power for only a few hours. So citizens were not exactly surprised when they heard that, at 5 a.m. last Saturday, some 60 police and army recruits had pulled up to the presidential residence in La Paz, ordered a sleeping President Hernan Siles Zuazo from his bed and bundled him off to an undisclosed location in the 12,000 ft. high Andean city.

Siles' troubles began right after his election...

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