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Army backs presidency, seizes Bolivian capital after violent protests

Tanks and armored vehicles rolled into La Paz, as the military gave qualified support to President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada after three weeks of increasingly violent protests that have left scores dead and injured. General Roberto Claros questioned the president “as a person” but vowed to respect the army’s duty to “defend a legitimately constituted government.” The tentative statement lent an uneasy calm, as did armored vehicles that patrolled the empty streets of La Paz, after nearly a month of riots, arson and protests around the country. Soldiers and police early Tuesday used tear gas to try to disperse looters in the hard-hit city of El Alto, near La Paz. Human rights groups say at least 58 people have been killed and 200 injured in the protests, sparked by a plan to build a pipeline to export natural gas through Chile to the Pacific, for shipment to the United States and Mexico. Full Story

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