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The Minister in Bolivia (Maginnis) to the Secretary of State

71. Government completely overthrown [by] military coup d’état. President signed resignation at 3 p.m. in this Legation. Still under its protection. Cabinet Ministers under arrest. Interviewed Bautista Saavedra, Republican leader now in charge, who assured me that our lives and interests will be protected and informed me that lives of Ministers will be respected but might soon be deported together with President. Revolution came as a complete surprise bursting out simultaneously in leading cities of Republic at 4 a.m. Deaths exceptionally few. Absolute tranquility day or two. Please cable instructions with reference to policy.