Created: 5/31/1980

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BOLIVIA: Coup Strategy

A coup led by General Garcia Keza could take place sometime before the general election onune. to avoid the mistakes that scuttled the coup led by Colonel Natusch last November, plotters plan to detain leading political opponents during the first hours to prevent organized resistance. In addition, they are buying off middle-level labor union ond peasantofficials toeneral strike. To ensure the unity of the armed forces, the military high command has been changed, and hesitant officers are being courted. Anticipating US opposition to awith its attendant loss of vital financialare soliciting support from Brazil and Argentina;a^_jrtat_ement3those countries deny any complicity.

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