Bolivi authorities reported on Friday (12 October) that a right-wing army uprising in the northeastern city of Trinidad had been brought under control, and the rebel troops returned to their barracks.
Bolivi authorities reported on Friday (12 October) that a right-wing army uprising in the northeastern city of Trinidad had been brought under control, and the rebel troops returned to their barracks. Left-wing parties and trade union leaders in Bolivia have accused General Hugo Banzer, who ruled the country between 1977 and 1978 of being behind the Trinidad rebellion to replace the democratics with Fascist rule. General Banzer denied the charges. The provisional President, Walter Guevara Arze, announced cabinet changes after his ministers resigned following the rebellion.
SYNOPSIS: Last Thursday (11 October) the rebel troops seized the town hall and radio station in the provincial capital of Trinidad, to demand political changes. General Guevara hastily called a news conference. His message was transmitted simultaneously by radio and television. The Presidential Palace was heavily guarded and security for entry was carefully checked.
President Guevara said that the Bolivian army revolt was triggered by officers after a evening party. However, during his news conference it was still nuclear whether the rebellion had actually died out.
Military sources said that the army high command had given President Guevara its full support in dealing with the revolt. the General commanding the division said the revolt was only a protest over the insults being directed at the armed forces. The rebels had called for the dissolution of Bolivia's civilian Congress, whose members were elected only last July.
Provisional President guevara called an emergency meeting of parliament following the revolt.
On Friday, when the situation was reported completely under control, the Central Labour Organization called a twenty-four hour strike which paralysed most of the capital La Paz. The strike was to protest against the army uprising.
President Guevara, for his part dismissed the revolt as an unimportant episode and said that his Cabinet shake-up was not connected with the events in Trinidad. Two key ministers were replace - General Julio Herrara Dorado was named Minister of Defence in place of General Ismael Saavedra. And Oscar Bonifaz was appointed Minister of Mines and Metallurgy, replacing Mr. Hugo Zapata.
President guevara said that he was amenable to an agreement with the political parties to try to solve the country's problems.
The leaders of the two main parties held talks to discuss possible joint support for the President's administration, as Parliament went into permanent session on Friday (12 October). A full report by the Defence and Interior Ministers on the revolt, has been requested.