Anti-Chavez Protesters Stone Venezuelan Plane in Bolivia (Photos)
Hundreds of anti-Chavez protesters stoned a Venezuelan plane in Bolivia today forcing it to flee to an unknown location.
Residents of northern Bolivia surround a Venezuelan Air Force C-130 Hercules moments after it landed here, responding to a call from the state governor to not allow Venezuelan planes to land at their region’s airports, in Riberalta, Beni state December 6, 2007. (Reuters)
After hearing the incoming plane, the mob seized control of the airport in the Amazonian city of Riberalta and attacked the aircraft. Regional leaders had said they suspected it was carrying arms and not humanitarian supplies, according to the radio reports.
“We won’t put up with these Venezuelans who come to the country and do whatever they want. We won’t let any Venezuelan planes come here,” Mario Aguilera, a Riberalta opposition leader told Erbol radio as the demonstrators chanted “Independence, Independence”.
Defense News has more.
Residents of northern Bolivia surround a Venezuelan Air Force C-130 Hercules, responding to a call from the state governor to not allow Venezuelan planes land at their region’s airports, moments after it landed in Riberalta, Beni state, December 6, 2007. Dozens of residents threw stones at the plane in protest over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s influence in Bolivian internal affairs, forcing the plane to take off hurriedly to search for safe haven across the border in the Brazilian city of Rio Branco.
Map of Riberalta (AP)
Mabblog is covering the constitutional crisis in Bolivia this week.
It really wasn’t a very good week for the Chavistas.