Plot to Assassinate Morales Foiled
17 Apr 09 | FT
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, said yesterday that security forces had foiled a plot by “foreign mercenaries” to assassinate him as well as Alvaro Garcia Linera, vice-president, and Juan Ramon Quintana, a minister.
Three men were killed and two arrested in a raid on a hotel in Santa Cruz, an opposition stronghold in the country’s south-east.
Mr Morales, who on Sunday ended a five-day hunger strike to bring about a December presidential election, said in Venezuela: “Yesterday I gave instruction to the vice-president to move to arrest these mercenaries and this morning I was informed of a half-hour shootout at a hotel in the city of Santa Cruz – three foreigners are dead and two arrested.” >>>