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Snapshots: Bolivia on the eve of a big parade

  • Paul Mason
  • 23 Mar 06, 03:05 AM


1600: Police Central Command, La Paz
There was a ripple of shock through the press pack when the accused were ushered in: he is an overweight American with a pony tail; she is the dark Uruguayan beauty whose snapshots, posed naked on top of two boxes of dynamite, will probably be Item One for the prosecution. All the evidence is displayed within touching distance on a small table: their passports; the box of dynamite; the naked photos, a length of fuse. Behind them are gruesome pictures of the victims: a Bolivian man and woman who had the misfortune to be living below the downtown cut-price hotel when someone set off 120 sticks of commercial dynamite in it...

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