The Chargé in Bolivia (Adam) to the Secretary of State
[Received 9:42 p.m.]
546. ReDeptel 329. In conversation with Foreign Minister this afternoon, I mentioned grave apprehension on many sides over arming of civilians on the thirteenth instead of using the troops which were apparently not trusted by Govt. Pinto replied that they should have been provided with armbands and might have started shooting each other. He was silent on my question as to possible rancor within the Army at its neglect by the Govt.
In spite of specific assurances received this afternoon from Subsecretary that there would be no illegal treatment of prisoners Legat has received definite assurances that cruel beating of prisoners is currently being carried out.
Have appointment with British Minister to see Dean of Diplomatic Corps tomorrow morning.