Bolivia: No Room for Compromise

"Bolivia was like a two-horse cart headed for a precipice before my November revolution," says Air Force General René Barrientos. One of the horses was President Victor Paz Estenssoro, "and we got rid of him in November. Now we are rid of the other."

That other horse was Juan Lechin, 52, Paz's onetime Vice President and a longtime leftist union leader. In a surprise raid, Barrientos' police had picked him up in his home and packed him off to exile in Paraguay aboard an air force C-47. Lechin's crime, according to Barrientos, was...

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