Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Governor arrested; Peace Corps evacuates

September 17, 2008


— Soldiers arrested an opposition governor Tuesday on suspicion of directing a massacre of government supporters, as Bolivia's political crisis prompted Washington to put the nation on an anti-drug blacklist and evacuate its Peace Corps volunteers.

Violent protests against President Evo Morales have swept Bolivia's eastern lowlands, where opposition-controlled provinces are demanding a larger share of the country's natural gas wealth and trying to block his attempts to direct resources to the long-suffering indigenous majority.

The arrest of Leopoldo Fernandez, governor of the remote Amazonian province of Pando, had seemed to jeopardize attempts to seek compromise after anti-Morales protesters ransacked government offices in Pando and three other eastern provinces last week.


bondmen 7 years, 2 months ago

Oh darn, I thought the race baiter law enforcers had finally caught up with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

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