The Bolivian government claims it has uncovered a plot that would have plunged the country into civil war.
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The state of siege will stay in force in Bolivia for 90 days and could be extended, on the President's order,s for another 90 days. The emergency powers give the government the right to detain people indefinitely without trial. The students and miners were the strongest supporters of the late President Torres. He and his government were ousted in a bloody civil war in 1971.
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Background: The Bolivian government claims it has uncovered a plot that would have plunged the country into civil war. Already several trade union leaders and student activists have been arrested following clashes with troops throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: In La Paz, President Hugo Banzer placed the country under a state of siege - a form of martial law - after stating that the country faced open and escalating subversion.
There were reports of several uprisings throughout the country, including one in the southeast, where it was claimed two students were killed and several others injured. President Banzer later denied that security forces opened fire on the students. He said that only tear gas and police dogs were used to maintain order. In the outlying areas 7,000 tin miners have begun an indefinite strike in protest against the military take-over. The President ordered troops into the mining areas and also the closure of the three Bolivian universities. The trouble began early last week after disagreements over plans for the funeral of former President, Juan Jose Torres, who was kidnapped and killed in Argentina recently.