Bolivia's military government held an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday (26 July) to discuss the condemnation by the Organisation of American States of the coup which toppled President Lidia Gueiler.
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Banner hanging from balcony of Bolivian embassy in Madrid
CU Embassy sign
CU Protesters inside embassy gesticulating at window
CU Police car
CU PULL BACK TO LV Demonstrators at embassy window
GV PAN Slogans on wall of Bolivian embassy in Caracas, Venezuela
CU Embassy sign
CU Slogans on wall (2 shots)
SV AND CU Demonstrators in embassy courtyard collecting signatures (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Slogan on wall and demonstrators occupying embassy (3 shots)
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Background: Bolivia's military government held an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday (26 July) to discuss the condemnation by the Organisation of American States of the coup which toppled President Lidia Gueiler. In Washington, the United States announced it was ending economic and military aid to Bolivia and recalling its ambassador.
SYNOPSIS: Overseas Bolivians are continuing their opposition to the coup which left the armed forces in charge of the country. A group of Bolivians took over the Bolivian embassy in Madrid on Wednesday (23 July) in a peaceful protest. Similar occupations have occurred in France, Yugoslavia and Switzerland.
The protestors called on Bolivians to fight for democracy and reject the military coup.
The following day (24 July) there was a similar incident at the Bolivian embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.
The coup has brought a wave of protests from civilian governments in Latin America and some western countries. Several Bolivian diplomats based in Europe have resigned in protest against the coup and Ecuador's civilian government has severed diplomatic relations with Bolivia.
There's also trouble in Bolivia itself. Miners who returned to work after an agreement with the country's new rulers have gone on strike again. They're demanding the presence of labour leader Juan Lechin who was arrested when the armed forces seizer power on July the 17th.