ACTIONS OF PRESIDENT PAZ RELATIVE TO THE PRESENT CRISIS

Created: 10/27/1964

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_ I. PRESIDENT VICTRtJ PAZ ESTENSSORO, IN MEETING ONROUP OF CLOSE ADVISERS, EXPRESSED HIMSELF AS CONCERNED BUT CONFIDENT ABOUT THE POL ITICAL SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO RECENT DISORDERS IN LA PAZ AND SEVERAL PROVINCIAL CITIES. PAZ PLANNED TO USE THE POLICE, THE MILITIA AND OTHER CIVILIAN FORCES, SUCH AS ARMED CAMPFSINOS, TO COPE WITH THE SITUATION, AND TO USE MILITARY FORCES ONLYAST RESORT.

ESULT OF THIS MEETING WITH HIS ADVISER, PAZ DECIDED UPON THE FOLLOWING COURSES OF ACTION:

A. TO MOBILIZE THE MOVlMIENTO REVOLUCIONARIO NACIONALISTA

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SPEAK WITH THE RECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SANEXPLAIN TO HIM THAT DISORDERS DURING THE VISIT OF FELIPE

HERRERA MAYIVIA FROM OBTAINING AN INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT

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THE PRESENT CRISIS ENDS, TOABINET MEETINGDIFFERENCES AMONG THE MINISTERS OR TO MAKE CHANGES INHUMBODLT, MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT,HIMSELF TOOMEWHAT CONFUSED AND UNDECIDED AS TO HOWWITH THE PRESENT CRISIS.HE MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE CABINETCRISIS

MOBILIZE CAMPESlNOS IN THE ORURO AND LA PAZ AREAS,

LAN FOR GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA IN LIEU OF

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CONTINUING PRESS CENSORSHIP.

J. TO USE MARIO SANJINEZ URIARTEPECIAL DELEGATE TO

ORURO TO OBTAIN FIRST HAND INFORMATION OF THE SITUATION, SINCE

REPORTS FROM ORURO HAD BEEN VERY CONTRADICTORY. | |COMMENT:

SANJINEZ HAS HELD VARIOUS GOVERNMENT JOBS, INCLUDING THAT OF PREFECT

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K. TO JSE THE ARMED FORCES AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

FTER THE ABOVE MEETING HAD ENDED, JACOBO LIBERMANN, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF INFORMATION, CONFIDEDRIEND OF HIS THAT PRESIDENT PAZ HAD BEEN INFORMED BY VICE-PRESIDENT RENE DARRIENTOS ORTUNO THAT IT HAD 3EEN PROPOSED TO HIM THAT HE TAKE CHARGE OF THE GOVERNMENT, ALONG WITH JULIO SANJINEZ GOITIA, AS VICE-PRESIDENT,ROUP OF POLITICIANS. BARRIENTOS DID NOT SAY WHO HAD MADE THEANJINEZ, THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEWSPAPER ELS KNOWN TO BE CLOSE TO BARRIENTOS AND, ACCORDING TO SOME OBSERVERS, TO HAVE PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS.)

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