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Bolivian soldiers storm plaza; former general accused of coup attempt

LA PAZ, Bolivia - Bolivian soldiers filled the main plaza in La Paz and an armored vehicle breached a government palace on Wednesday afternoon before withdrawing in what government officials warned was a coup attempt by elements of the military.

"Today the country faces, once again, interests in toppling Bolivian democracy," President Luis Arce, surrounded by his cabinet, said in a video statement. He said his government would stand "firm" against any coup attempt and called on the Bolivian people to mobilize "in favor of democracy."

News videos showed former Gen. Juan Jose Zuñiga, who was fired this week as commander of the Bolivian Army, entering the Palacio Quemado, confronting Arce face-to-face and rejecting the president's order that he withdraw the troops. With soldiers storming the plaza, Zuñiga told reporters the military sought to install a new cabinet and "restore democracy."


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