Bolivia unseals files from military dictatorship

The Bolivian Armed Forces has completed the declassification of files from the years of military dictatorship. According to Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra, Chief of Staff General Ramiro de la Fuente handed over the files to Public Ministry officials three days before schedule last month. The files are mostly from the regime of Gen. Luis García Meza (1980-1981), and will be placed at the disposal of judicial authorities to investigate the disappearance of opposition figures under his rule.

At least 170 people disappeared in Bolivia in the period of military rule from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Among the more prominent victims is the founder of Bolivia’s Socialist Party, Marcelo Quiroga Santa Cruz, who disappeared during the military coup that Garcia Meza led on July 17, 1980. (NNN/Prensa Latina, Feb. 24)

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