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Bolivia demands answers in fugitive row

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Bolivia demands answers in fugitive row


They are angry on the streets of Bolivia. Protesters outside the US embassy in La Paz called for it to be closed. There was a symbolic burning of the flags of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, countries they claim responsible for the diversion of Bolivia’s President Morales’s plane from Moscow last week.

It was rumoured US fugitive Edward Snowden was on board. He was not. The government wants answers from the envoys and has summoned them.

“We want them to explain why the United States had given the order, had pressured the countries to carry out this veto on false allegations, the false argument, that this plane was carrying Mr. Snowden,” said Communications Minister Amanda Davila.

Denying airspace to the presidents plane as it has been alleged was, said the minister, “a case of state terrorism”. It’s understood some European governments have already responded to the Bolivians request for explanations.

Washington wants former US agency spy contractor Edward Snowden arrested on espionage charges. It’s believed he is holed up in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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