Thousands of Bolivians gathered in the capital La Paz on April 9 to celebrate the country's 1952 revolution which overthrew the ruling right-wing military junta.
GV PAN Crowds with banners, people playing traditional songs in traditional clothes. (3 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Miners in workclothes with dynamite around necks (a former symbol of self-defence against military rule)
SV People carrying banners in march, some dancing in colourful costumes. (4 SHOTS)
SV Arrival of President Siles Zuazo at rally.
GV Crowds singing and holding hands up in salute. (2 SHOTS)
SV President addressing rally and crowd applauding.
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Background: Thousands of Bolivians gathered in the capital La Paz on April 9 to celebrate the country's 1952 revolution which overthrew the ruling right-wing military junta. The rally, in the Plaza San Francisco, mixed traditional music and dance with excited political fervour, some of it expressed by protesters opposed to the socialist rule of President Sile Zuazo. Most, however, were supporters of the President's Popular Democratic Union; many were dressed as miners wearing strings of dynamite around their necks - a symbol from the past when dynamite was used in attack and defence against the military. Among foreign supporters were the head of Argentina's Peronist Montonero guerrilla group, Obregon Cano, and Nicaraguan ambassador Ramon Leets. In his hour-long speech President Siles Zuazo denounced imperialism and accused the right-wing and military of using the "ghost of communism to their own benefit". He told the crowd he would work towards greater worker participation in formulating government policies and promised a national literacy campaign involving 100-thousand teachers. The 1952 revolution heralded country-wide agrarian reform and more than 10-thousand peasants were given land titles; President Zuazo said he would continue those programmes. He also had a word on drug-trafficking, a big problem in Bolivia, and promised to initiate preventive measures in association with Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States.