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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-28-08 08:11 AM
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AP examines deadly clash on Bolivian jungle road
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The Associated Press traveled to Bolivia's remote Amazonian province of Pando and interviewed police, witnesses, and participants on both sides. Their testimony and evidence from the scene suggests that the blockading of the marchers exploded into a shootout, and that the shootout quickly devolved into a one-sided rout.

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A shopkeeper in the nearby village of Porvenir who witnessed the violence said the pro-Morales marchers, only a few of whom carried shotguns and small-caliber rifles, turned and fled from their more heavily armed opponents. The shopkeeper, who said he is affiliated with neither side, declined to give his name for fear one of them might torch his store.

Opposition leaders deny their side used a machine gun. But a lightweight 9-mm submachine gun was among the weapons the military says it seized from 13 Fernandez supporters it arrested.

Also, neat lines of bullet holes sprayed across the caravan's vehicles before they were set ablaze by an opposition mob are consistent with automatic-weapons fire.
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