A mass rally was held in Rome on Saturday (26 July) to protest against the new military junta in Bolivia.
LV & SV Luis Gustavino, representative of the exiled Chilean Communist party speaking to rally in the Piazza del Pantheon, Rome (3 SHOTS)
CU Mr. Gustavino continuing speech in Italian.
SV Crowd applauds
CU PULL BACK TO LV Senor Bonalumi of Christian Democrats addressing the rally in Italian.
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Background: A mass rally was held in Rome on Saturday (26 July) to protest against the new military junta in Bolivia. Six Italian political parties took part including the Communists, Socialists, and Christian Democrats.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was held in the Piazza del Pantheon, the area traditionally used for international gatherings. One of the main speakers was Luis Gustavino, the representative of the exiled Chilean Communist Party. He called for the international isolation of the new military junta which seized control in a coup on July 17th. The new regime is headed by the head of the Bolivian Army, General Luis Garcia Meza.
Mr. Gustavino called for pressure to be placed on Bolivia's new military leadership to stop what he called "the murdering of union leaders and democratic forces".
There was also an appeal for trade unions around the world to institute a trade boycott on Bolivian goods.
The other main speaker at the rally was Senor Bonalumi of the Italian Christian Democrat Party. Meanwhile in the United States the State Department has accused the military junta of savage human rights violations. Washington has warned that U.S. aid may be reduced. A State Department spokesman says he has received reports of widespread torture and killings being conducted by the military regime.