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The Chargé in Bolivia (Hibbard) to the Secretary of State

37. My telegram No. 36, June 20, noon.4b The situation in La Paz and throughout the country remains very tense. Last night an attempt against the Government here, including plans for Siles’ assassination, was frustrated. There were street demonstrations last night and this morning. In the latter two students agitating against the Government were killed. There is no doubt that the Government exaggerates these demonstrations for the purpose of putting on heavier military restrictions but the situation is serious and there may be grave trouble before the elections next Sunday, particularly as those opposed to the Government are lining up with Communist elements.

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