In Switzerland, protesters on Monday (21 July) occupied the Bolivian Embassy in Geneva.
GV & CU EXTERIOR Bolivian Embassy in Geneva with slogan Comite de defence de la Democratie en Bolivie. (2 SHOTS)
CU Embassy sign on wall.
SV INTERIOR Young people sitting around in embassy talking.
CU Man trying to listen to radio.
CU PULL BACK TO LV Students signing declaration.
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Background: In Switzerland, protesters on Monday (21 July) occupied the Bolivian Embassy in Geneva. They announced an ultimited hunger strike to demand the release of Bolivians imprisoned after the military coup in La Paz.
SYNOPSIS: The group calls itself the Committee for Defence of Democracy in Bolivia. Ten Bolivians and a Chilean are holding the hunger strike in a peaceful occupation of the mission headquarters, the upper part of a villa near the United Nations European office. A spokesman says the takeover was unopposed by mission staff, and police had not been called out.
Last week, troops backed by tanks and artillery seized control of the Bolivian capital, La Paz. They captured the Presidential palace a few hours after the outbreak of a nationwide military rebellion backed by rightists.
The occupants of the embassy have been listening to the latest developments in Bolivia by radio. Those reports suggest that the new military leadership is facing stern opposition from political and trade union leaders. In a forceful show of unity, they have called for an international economic blockade of Bolivia to bring down the military junta. A general strike to demand a return to civilian rule has moved into its second day (22 July). The Bolivian embassy in Geneva is not the only diplomatic mission to be taken over this week by protesters. The Bolivian embassy in Paris has also been taken over by demonstrators calling for a return to democracy in Bolivia.