US DESTABILIZATION OF BOLIVIA AT WORK – Venezuelan Military Plane Attacked by Bolivian Mob
Residents of northern Bolivia surround a Venezuelan Air Force C-130 Hercules, responding to a call from the state governor to not allow Venezuelan planes land at their region’s airports, moments after it landed in Riberalta, Beni state, December 6, 2007. Dozens of residents threw stones at the plane in protest over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s influence in Bolivian internal affairs, forcing the plane to take off hurriedly to search for safe haven across the border in the Brazilian city of Rio Branco.(REUTERS/David Bernal)
Bolivian Mob Attacks Venezuelan Military Plane With Rocks
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
An angry mob of Bolivian civilians threw rocks at a Venezuelan military plane refueling at an airport in northeastern Bolivia, forcing the unwelcome aircraft to fly out of town, according to a Dec. 6 report. The leader of a local civic group opposed to President Evo Morales, who is a top ally of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said no Venezuelan military planes would be allowed to land in Riberalta, especially if they are carrying weapons. “We have to defend our people,” Riberalta Civic Committee President Marcos Jauregui was quoted as saying by the Catholic news agency Erbol. “Why wasn’t there a press conference to disclose what they are bringing to the country? We must be vigilant because we will not allow Venezuelan planes to come,” he said. A Bolivian aviation source, who requested anonymity, confirmed that the plane was a Hercules airplane belonging to the Venezuelan air force. The source said the plane landed in Riberalta after it was not allowed to refuel at its original destination, the Brazilian city of Rio Branco, for unknown reasons. Up to 200 people with signs saying “Enough interference!” threw stones at the plane, which left to an unknown destination amid rumors it was carrying weapons.
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