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Uprising/Revolution in Bolivia Breaking RIGHT NOW?!!!
Me | October 14, 2004 | Chicago Hebrew

Posted on 10/14/2004 4:17:07 PM PDT by ChicagoHebrew

I'm writing this from an internet cafe in La Paz, Bolivia. About fifteen minutes ago, I started to hear what I think was gunfire and cannon fire from right outside the cafe. It was shortly followed by bullhorns booming and people chanting. The gunfire is intermittent now.

I have no idea what's happening.


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KEYWORDS: bolivia; lapaz; southamerica
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To: cripplecreek

Are his hands really that far out of proportion or have you been hitting the Photoshop?


81 posted on 10/14/2004 4:34:30 PM PDT by aBootes (Whatever Cheney hit, it's flat now)
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To: nicollo

I think La Paz is the highest commercial airport with regular service. I can only imagine how that must have felt...passengers jets pressurize at that altitude.


82 posted on 10/14/2004 4:34:43 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: July 4th

I felt stupid... and happy!


83 posted on 10/14/2004 4:35:37 PM PDT by nicollo
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Bolivia Congress authorizes trial for ex-president
14 Oct 2004 18:17:31 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Rene Villegas

LA PAZ, Bolivia, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Bolivia's Congress gave the Supreme Court the green light on Thursday to investigate and possibly sentence ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada over deaths during clashes between the army and protesters last year.

Sanchez de Lozada, a center-right leader now living in the United States, was forced out of office a year ago by the massive protests against his policies of opening up the economy of Bolivia, one of Latin America's poorest countries.

An estimated 67 people died and 200 were injured in protests by farmers, unemployed miners, and coca growers. The demonstrators also opposed a government natural gas export plan they said would benefit Bolivia's estranged neighbor Chile.

Demonstrators gathered on Thursday to celebrate outside Congress after both houses of Congress voted jointly to approve the trial. Of 130 deputies and 27 senators, 126 lawmakers voted in favor. Fifteen members of Sanchez de Lozada's cabinet will also go before the high court.

Thousands of other marchers were heading to La Paz to join demonstrations planned for Friday.

Sanchez de Lozada, a wealthy businessman, was president from 1993 to 1997, and was elected to a second term beginning in 2002.

He resigned a year ago after four weeks of violent protests that included miners throwing dynamite and soldiers shooting at demonstrators.

The charges against the ex-president, brought last year by Bolivia's former attorney general, are based on six complaints in Congress, one filed by a leftist lawmaker and indigenous leader who accused Sanchez de Lozada of genocide and economic damage to the state.

The matter now goes to an investigative phase in the criminal branch of the Supreme Court, where the judges will examine the evidence and decide whether to proceed with an indictment. If they do, the trial enters a penalty phase, and eight of 12 supreme court justices would have to agree with a sentence.

The only time Bolivia's Supreme Court has tried a former president was when former dictator Luis Garcia Mesa was sentenced to 30 years in jail for crimes including genocide. He is still in prison.

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84 posted on 10/14/2004 4:36:07 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Good luck.........stay safe.......prayers have been sent.

Sorry, but I have to ask. Have you already sent in an absentee ballet? I know, bad joke....again, stay safe and good luck.


85 posted on 10/14/2004 4:36:13 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: aBootes

I didn't do it.


86 posted on 10/14/2004 4:36:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Do not tell the Bolivian Govt you are the great grandson of Butch Cassidy!


87 posted on 10/14/2004 4:38:13 PM PDT by LaGrone
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Have they shut down the radio/telephone/tv networks? If so, you are probably experiencing a coup. If not it is probably a govt crackdown.


88 posted on 10/14/2004 4:38:52 PM PDT by max_rpf
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To: bd476

Chanting ?!?!?

Either deslyxic cows........Oooom vs Moooo or Guerilla Gregorian sect of monks that have their nickers in a bunch about the price of wool's my guess !

Stay safe !


89 posted on 10/14/2004 4:39:44 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: ChicagoHebrew
There is a nationwide cocalero march on LaPaz to protest the government's announcement last month that they would forcibly eradicate coca farming by 2008. There's already been one death and scores of injuries. The march is scheduled to reach LaPaz on the 18th, the anniversary of the overthrow last year of Lozada's elected government.

While all eyes are on mecca South America is our fire next time.

90 posted on 10/14/2004 4:40:57 PM PDT by wtc911 (all zee children have mush!)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

May the Lord bless you and keep you.........SAFE!


91 posted on 10/14/2004 4:42:37 PM PDT by Reborn
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To: zarf
You have given our freeper friend the very best advice!!!

And lose the chicago accent too!!!

92 posted on 10/14/2004 4:42:45 PM PDT by OldFriend (It's the soldier, not the reporter who has given US freedom of the press)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

Cool. Free Republic does Bolivia!


93 posted on 10/14/2004 4:43:50 PM PDT by BunnySlippers ("F" Stands for FLIP-FLOP ...)
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To: ChicagoHebrew

stay safe


94 posted on 10/14/2004 4:44:18 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: cripplecreek
LOL....

I hope Jimmuh doesn't come in a helicopter. 8-o
95 posted on 10/14/2004 4:45:23 PM PDT by unspun (RU working your precinct, churchmembers, etc. 4 good votes? | Not "Unspun w/ AnnaZ" but I appreciate)
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To: RUCKUS INC.
Silly comment... Can you give a little background?

First, the Earth cooled
Then there were dinosaurs
They died out.
Then there was Bolivia

For more details consult your local history book.

96 posted on 10/14/2004 4:46:01 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Truth, Justice and the Texan Way)
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
Possibly a democratic uprising?

Not likely, the organized pissed off group is the cocaleros who are marching on LaPaz to protest the government's plan to forcibly wipe out coca farming in three years.

Add the cocaine armies from Colombia who rely on Bolivia's coca and things are going to get very ugly.

97 posted on 10/14/2004 4:46:27 PM PDT by wtc911 (all zee children have mush!)
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To: ChicagoHebrew
Of all the gin joints in all the World...you HAD to pick that one!

Here's hoping the La Paz dispensers run out of ammo soon!

98 posted on 10/14/2004 4:48:07 PM PDT by O Neill (Swift Vote Republicans For Bush)
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To: ChicagoHebrew
"The streets are relatively quiet now, so I´ll be signing off and heading back to my hotel."

Keep your drapes closed and have a quiet night. They might just be getting primed on cerveza and sangria for tonight.

99 posted on 10/14/2004 4:50:26 PM PDT by BobS
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To: BunnySlippers
Cool. Free Republic does Bolivia!

FR is always an experience. You never know what's going to happen when you log on. Sometimes it's bunnies with pancakes, sometimes it's Bolivian revolutions.

They don't do Bolivian revolutions at DU.

Vive FR!

100 posted on 10/14/2004 4:50:39 PM PDT by Yardstick
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