In Bolivia, Vice-President candidate Jaime Paz Zamora has claimed that right-wing elements were responsible for an air crash which killed four prominent members of the left-wing coalition of Democratic Popular Unity (UDP).
GV EXTERIOR Santa Isabel Hospital, La Paz Bolivia
SV & CU INTERIOR Senor Jaime Paz Zamora attended in hospital bed by doctor and nurse (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR. GV TILT DOWN National Congressmen building in La Paz with crowds outside
SV Coffin being carried down steps
GV Crowd waiting for coffin
SV Coffin draped with Bolivian flag being carried through crowd
GV Crowd with leftist banners
SV Coffin being carried through crowd
SCU Mourners following coffin
SV Other coffins, with roses on top, being carried (2 shots)
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Background: In Bolivia, Vice-President candidate Jaime Paz Zamora has claimed that right-wing elements were responsible for an air crash which killed four prominent members of the left-wing coalition of Democratic Popular Unity (UDP). Senor Zamora was the sole survivor of the ill-fated flight on Monday (2 June). While he was recovering from his injured in a La Paz hospital, the mass funeral of his dead colleagues took place on Tuesday (3 June).
SYNOPSIS: Senor Zamora was admitted to Santa Isabel Hospital in La Paz after the air crash. The UDP's Vice-Presidential candidate suffered multiple burns and related injuries. Senor Zamora was flown to the United States later in the week for further treatment. On his way to Washington, he was interviewed by a Peruvian newspaper, which quoted him as saying "Yankee imperialism and reactionary Armed Forces elements" were responsible for the crash. Relations between Bolivia's right and left factions have deteriorated sharply, especially since the UDP's refusal to join a government of national unity.
Meanwhile, the government declared Tuesday (3 June), the day of the funeral of Senor Zamora's colleagues, a day of national mourning. A funeral procession carried the dead men's coffins from the National Congress (parliament) building to a La Paz cemetery.
The most prominent of the crash victims was the senator of La Paz, Jorge Alvarez Plata. He was buried with full state honours. The other men killed were Communist Party leader Jorge Sattori; a member of the left-wing National Revolutionary Movement (MNRI), Senor Enrique Barragan; Photo-journalist Rodrigo Douglas Veizaga, and the pilot, Gonzalo Ascarrunz.
The men were on a campaign trip for next August's presidential and parliamentary elections. Their party leader, Heran Siles Zuazo had a lucky escape when he decided at the last moment not to board the flight.
The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority suggested a fire in one of the Piper aircraft's two engines might have caused the crash. It made no mention of foul play, which Senor Zamora had alleged in his newspaper interview.