Bolivia's new military rulers have banned the activities of most of the country's trade unions and professional organisations.
GV Presidential palace in La Paz
GV Soldiers in street marching into palace (3 shots)
SV Radio Fides sign PULL BACK TO GV Radio Cathloci in La Paz
SV PAN & SVs Damaged interior radio station and bullet riddled glass on turntables
GV EXTERIOR Venezuelan Embassy with security outside (2 shots)
SV Venezuelan Ambassador, Pedro Echeverria speaking in Spanish during news conference
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Background: Bolivia's new military rulers have banned the activities of most of the country's trade unions and professional organisations. Meanwhile resistance to the coup by Bolvia's miners started to crumble on Thursday (24 July) when ten thousand of the fifty thousand-strong group agreed to return to work.
SYNOPSIS: Leaders of Bolivia's new military junta have new officially moved into the country's presidential palace.
Life in the capital is dominated by the army which guards the streets in force. Up until Thursday (24 July) snipers continued to fire on army patrols on the out skirts of the city, but for the most part the resistance came from the mining centres in the southeast. Fifty thousand miners barricaded themselves into their camps. Government troops decided to play a waiting game and cut off food supplies. Now ten thousand of them have decided to return to work. The number of casualties in provincial areas is still unknown.
Radio Fides, the Catholic radio station in La Paz is one of dozens of small stations put out of action by the coup. An attack on this office was part of the coordinated sweep launched by the military in which hundreds of people were arrested. The Catholic church in Bolivia has harshly condemned the new government and has demanded information about the political prisoners the military has taken.
Foreign diplomats have also called on the new government to give information about political prisoners. Some reports have suggested that prisoners are being tortured and killed an captivity, while Venezuelan ambassador Pedro Echeverria said he had been warned by the police and army that his embassy was under threat of attack by a paramilitary group intent on seizing the Bolivians who had sought asylum inside.