Police threaten to raid Mexican Embassy in Bolivia
La Paz, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) A strongly armed police force threatened to raid the residence of the Mexican Embassy in Bolivia on Sunday, but they were rejected by the diplomatic staff, witnessed said.
Neighbors of the diplomatic mission, where former minister of the Presidency of Bolivia Juan Ramon Quintana and six other former top officials of the Evo Morales Government took asylum, said that the operation was carried out by some 200 police officers with campaign vehicles.
The police, according to witnesses, surrounded the residence and crossed a fringe in the back of the building that marks the perimeter of the Embassy, before reaching the back wall of it, which they tried to climb.
Mexican Chargé d'Affaires Edmundo Font confronted the intruders from the Embassy and warned them that they were about to take an illegal action against Mexican territory, which has absolute immunity according to the Vienna Convention.
The reports say that after the police approached, there were 40 minutes of tension, and due to the Mexican diplomat's brave attitude, the police officers were instructed to withdraw and left.
Other sources pointed out that the Chargé d'Affaires protested over the telephone to authorities of the de facto Government of Jeanine Añez, and demanded the police's withdrawal from the building, which is guarded by a score of agents.
The provocation, as witnesses described the action, was preceded by police rumors about an imminent intervention by the elite unit of the Special Force to Fight Crime (FELCC) to raid the diplomatic residence and arrest all seven former Bolivian officials who took asylum.
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