Left-wing Bolivians, who have been deported from Chile by the new military regime, will not be allowed to stay in their own country.
Left-wing Bolivians, who have been deported from Chile by the new military regime, will not be allowed to stay in their own country. This was announced recently by the Bolivian Minister of the Interior, Colonel Walter Castro Avendano.
Two years ago many left-wing Bolivians fled to President Allende's Chile, when the right-wing President Hugo Banzer overthrew the Bolivian leftist government of General Juan Jose Torres.
Last week about three-hundred Bolivians reached their native capital, La Paz, after being expelled from Chile by the military junta. They had been ordered to leave because their papers were said not to be in order. They had been deported without being allowed to take any of their possessions with them.
One group, mainly women, children and youths, arrived in a railway goods wagon. They had gone 24 hours without food. In La Paz the male deportees were housed in a police barracks, while the women and children were given shelter at an orphanage.
There are approximately four thousand Bolivians in Chile, and some observers believe many of them will suffer the same fate. News-papers and radio stations in Bolivia have protested about the treatment of the deportees.
The Chilean Consul in La Paz, Oscar Ruiz, has said the Bolivians could return to Chile once their papers were in order. But if political deportees returned, they would be put on trial, or expelled.
SYNOPSIS: A Police barracks in La Paz, Bolivia, is being used to house some of the male deportees from Chile. Last week the new military regime in Chile expelled about three-hundred Bolivians, without allowing them to take any possessions with them. They were deported because the Chilean junta said that their papers were not in order. Several of them are known left-wingers.
Many left-wing Bolivians fled to Chile when President Allende was in power, after the right-wing President Hugo Banzer overthrew the Bolivian government of General Torres two years ago. Bolivia's Minister of the interior, Colonel Avendano, has said that the left-wing deportees cannot stay in Bolivia. One group of deportees, consisting mainly of women, children, and youths, arrived from Chile last week in a railway goods wagon, having gone twenty-four hours without food. In La Paz, the women and children were given shelter in an orphanage.
Bolivia's Government still has to decide their future.