The body of former Bolivian President Juan Jose Torres was buried in Mexico City on Wednesday (9 June) after the Bolivian government refused to allow the burial to take place in his homeland.
LV INTERIOR with draped coffin (2 shots)
SV PAN mourners seated
CU Widow Emma Oblias de Torres
CU Torres's son and daughter
SV the coffin
SV and CU EXTERIOR
TV coffin being carried to pantheon
SV mourners with flags
SV PAN AND SV mourners and family singing and chanting in front of grave (2 shots)
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Background: The body of former Bolivian President Juan Jose Torres was buried in Mexico City on Wednesday (9 June) after the Bolivian government refused to allow the burial to take place in his homeland.
SYNOPSIS: General Torres died in Buenos Aires, Argentina, earlier this month at the hands of what is believed to be a right-wing death squad. Until August 1971, when his regime was overthrown by right-wing President Hugo Banzer, he headed a left-wing populist government for 10 months.
He left a widow, Emma Oblias de Torres.
His daughter, Emma, and son, Juan ??? junior were at the funeral. Originally Senora de Torres had wanted her husband's body to be flown to Bolivia so it could lie in state for 24 hours at the headquarters of the country's 35,000 strong mineworkers federation and at San Andres University in La Paz before burial.
But the Bolivian government refused the widow's proposals and burial in the Bolivian capital and withdrew a military aircraft that had been sent to Buenos Aires to take the remains of General Torres home. Originally it had planned to fly the body back and receive it with full military honours then quickly carry out the burial. In a communique issued after the plane was recalled the government claimed that Mrs. Torres' proposal had stemmed from pressures by extremist elements.
The former president had been living in Argentina since 1971 and was kidnapped on 1 June. His body was found two days later 95 kilometres (60 miles) from Buenos Aires. He had been shot three times in the head. His death added to the increasing number of political deaths and kidnappings in the Argentine in recent months, and there is growing concern for the safety of Latin American political refugees now living there.