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    From strife-torn Bolivia comes this coverage of life in La Paz during the last hours of President Torres' rule.

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    GV Street scenes ZOOM IN

    SV PAN & BV procession TILT UP TO crowds on balcony

    MV Procession with diamond shaped red white & blue flag

    GV Crowds ZOOM INTO MV miners & farmers in truck & in street

    MV & SVs Marchers with placards against imperialism & CIA ZOOM INTO SV mine worker with dynamite PAN TO more placards (3 shots)

    GV Demonstrators PAN TO people on balcony (2 shots)

    Initials SGM/0212 SGM/0205


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    Background: From strife-torn Bolivia comes this coverage of life in La Paz during the last hours of President Torres' rule. It was filmed on Friday (August 20), when left-wing supporters of General Torres packed the streets parading anti-imperialist slogans. Hundreds of the supporters were miners, many of them brandishing sticks of dynamite.

    Ultimately, their show of resistance proved useless in the face of the right-wing insurrection, which started in Santa Cruz, gathered the support of the air force, and by tonight (Sunday) had swept 43-year-old Colonel Hugo Banzer to power and the Presidential Palace -- seen in this film when still occupied by General Torres.

    We apologise for the quality of this satellite -telerecording.

    SYNOPSIS: Form strife-torn Bolivia come these satellite pictures of the capital, La Paz, during the last hours of the rule of President Juan Torres. Already, when these scenes were filmed on Friday, a right-wing army insurrection was gathering strength. But form a balcony of the Presidential Palace, government leaders could still acknowledge the support of left-wingers parading through the streets of the capital.

    The pro-government rally followed an appeal to the people to take up arms against the forces of the insurrection which had started in Santa Cruz.

    Many of the supporters at the rally were miners, some of them brandishing sticks of dynamite. But the following day their show of resistance was to prove ineffective against right-wing tanks and four-thousand troops. The militiamen were to put up a sixteen-hour fight before succumbing. The last pocket of resistance was provided by the Presidential guard.

    As the final resistance crumbled, the whereabouts of General Torres was for a time unknown. later reports indicated that the deposed head of state and twenty-five of his supporters had been granted asylum in the Peruvian embassy at La Paz. General Torres came to power only ten months ago -- and within four months had to fight off an attempted right-wing coup. One of the men he dismissed at the time, Colonel Hugo Danzer, head of the military academy, led the weekend insurrection. By Sunday, he had been proclaimed Bolivia's new President and was soon acknowledging the cheers of his supporters outside this same Presidential palace.

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