Assassination attempt on El Presidente?

#1
The BBC are reporting that Bolivian police have shot and killed three foreign mercenaries that were plotting to kill Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia...

Although I'm intrigued as to what Hugo et al will make of this, but the interesting thing is that rumours hint that one of the now dead would-be assassins was Irish...

There were conflicting reports about the nationalities of those killed, with some reports saying they were from Hungary while others said they were from Romania and Ireland.
Alternatively, the Big Issue sellers from Belfast have really upped their game...
 
#2
http://www.laprensa.com.bo/noticias/17-04-09/17_04_09_segu3.php
Profiles

Eduardo Rozsa Flores

Mayarosi Ariad

Hungarian

Hungarian mercenary. Died in fighting in the fourth floor of the Hotel Las Americas. It is believed that part, along with Eduardo Rózsa Flores, in the Balkan War, under whose direction was the side that won the Croatian independence.

Dryer Michael Martin

IRISH

Was another of the soldiers of fortune who took part in the International Brigade commanded by boliviano Eduardo Rózsa Flores on the Balkan War. Was part of the Croatian Liberation Movement, an extreme right-wing paramilitary fraction.

Elot Toazo

CROATIAN

This specialist in computer 28 years remained in detention in the Public Ministry. He was captured alive and unharmed in the operation of the Las Americas hotel. Born in Hungary, took Croatian nationality, for whose independence he fought under orders Eduardo Rózsa Flores.

Mario Tadic

CROATIAN

Former military born in Cochabamba, in 58 years. It started as a volunteer to fight in the Balkan War. Acquired Croatian citizenship and returned to the country to continue the fight alongside his old comrades. It hurt, it can only move in a wheelchair.
apologies for awful translation, had to rely on google translator
 
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#5
Schleswig-Holstein said:
The BBC are reporting that Bolivian police have shot and killed three foreign mercenaries that were plotting to kill Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia...

Although I'm intrigued as to what Hugo et al will make of this, but the interesting thing is that rumours hint that one of the now dead would-be assassins was Irish...

There were conflicting reports about the nationalities of those killed, with some reports saying they were from Hungary while others said they were from Romania and Ireland.
Alternatively, the Big Issue sellers from Belfast have really upped their game...
I suspect Hugo will see the hand of the CIA in it all somewhere.
 
#6
Am I missing something here, why would Croat mercenaries go all the way South to whack Morales?
 
#8
PartTimePongo said:
Am I missing something here, why would Croat mercenaries go all the way South to whack Morales?
2 of the "Croats" are from Bolivia. Flores was born in Bolivia but has a Hungarian father and fought for the Croats in the war, and mario tadic is a Bolivian of Croatian extraction who also fought for the Croats and was living there until recently.
 
#9
Ahhh , makes more sense, thanks Mali.
 
#11
In fact as I understand it none of those involved were born in Croatia, in fact the only one with any real family connections to the country would be Mario Tadic.

Eduardo Rozsa Flores - Bolivian/Hungarian/took Croatian nationality after fighting for them in the war - - dead
Mayarosi Ariad - Hungarian - dead
Michael Martin Dryer - Irish - dead
Elot Toazo - Hungarian born/took Croatian nationality after war - Captured
Mario Tadic - born Bolivia/took croatian nationality after the war - wounded & captured

They were all it seems ex members of Flores's group the PIV which fought in eastern Croatia around Osijek in 91/92.
 
#13
hedgie said:
Mali did it give the age of the Irish chap.
No, I have no info on the Irish chappie other than he was also supposedly an ex member of Flores unit. Neither I nor anybody I know (that I have so far been in touch with) has heard of the Irish bloke before.
 
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Recent photo of Eduardo Flores
 

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#17
From "El Mundo" (Bolivian Newspaper)-apologies for shit google translation

Thriller
Explosions and gunfire: Three suspected terrorists killed in downtown hotel

Fernando Soria Sejas

An explosion occurred at 3:30 in the morning yesterday at the fourth floor of the Hotel Las Americas, where three guests were killed at the hands of troops of the Delta Group and the utopian.
According to residents and staff of the hotel located between the streets and Seoane Spain, at that time, the police entered and hit the three people and an explosion was heard.
According to the National Police commander Víctor Hugo Escobar, the alleged terrorists opened fire on the troops and there was a crossing shot.
The deceased were identified as Magyarosi Arpad (Romanian), Dwyen Michael (Irish) and Jorge Hurtado Flores (Bolivia), who would also have another identity (Eduardo Rosas Flores Cruz of Hungarian descent). In addition, two people were arrested, Mario Tadic (boliviano) and elodes Toaso (Hungarian), transferred from the hotel to command the department and from there to the city of La Paz.
There was a total silence in the hotel, from where the bodies were removed only at 18:30, more than fifteen hours after it happened and the fact brought to the morgue of the San Juan de Dios hospital, where experts came from the Institute Forensic Research to practice their autopsies.
However, it is noteworthy that the whole operation was run from La Paz, and that research is carried out by the prosecutor Marcelo Sosa of the city.
There was a long silence before the presentation of arms in the Fexpo, removing the bodies from the hotel and give details of the autopsy in the three corpses.

Victor Hugo Escobar, National Commander of the Police

"The nature and modus operandi of terrorists is"

"They made use of firearms and we were forced to respond," said Víctor Hugo Escobar commander, during a news conference at the booth of the Cotas Fexpo with reference to the operational performed early yesterday morning.
He explained that this is a band of terrorists who have exercised acts of terrorism in Santa Cruz and were in possession of explosive material, high caliber weapons and ammunition.
"On the characteristics and modus operandi have full security which are responsible for previous attacks and that whites were coming to authorities in Santa Cruz and La Paz," he said, and avoided giving names "for not alarming."
However "the investigation is beginning and we will give to the managers, with the material and intellectual authors," the general Escobar.
The commander said that this was the banda alleged attack on a recognized lawyer, a minister and cardinal in Santa Cruz, but that would be determined by the investigations.
"The chemical elements that could have affected some 50 meters to the roundabout by the wave of expansion that could cause," he said.
When asked about how it was learned that the presence of suspected terrorists and weapons in the Fexpo, said that he was not going to 'undress' the techniques used by the Police.

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

03:15 - The police entered the hotel Las Americas, there was a shooting and an explosion.
Three people were killed, according to the police in a confrontation.

05:00 - A special group arrived from La Paz entered the exhibition area and closed all entrances, isolating all the staff of the Fair.

06:30 - The Police is the first data on three people dead and two arrested in the hotel and the discovery of weapons and explosives at the booth of the fair Expocruz Cotas.

08:00 - Johnny Vargas Divisional Commander enters the exhibition area and gives a brief report on the incident. Throughout the morning were entering the exhibition area and police vehicles.

11:00 - The national commander of the police, prosecutor and deputy Marcelo Sosa de Régimen Interior arrive to Santa Cruz.

12:35 - The police allowed access to the media to stand for Cotas images of weapons and explosives.

13:00 - The national commander of Police Victor Hugo Escobar, together with the deputy minister for internal Marco Farfan and prosecutor Marcelo Sosa provides a press conference and say that this is a band of hired assassins and terrorists (do not say by whom ) and that would be responsible for the attack at the house of Cardinal Terrazas July.
In addition, said they were white and future to the prefect Costas, President Morales and Vice President García Linera.

18:30 - The bodies of those killed in the three subjects Las Americas hotel, were removed and taken to the morgue
 
#18
A good few Irish decided to volunteer for the Croats during the civil war. The majority fighting for some of the more 'extravagant' private militias rather than the official HV. Many fought under a nom-de-plume. Dryer Michael Martin could be the 'real' name - or yet another nom-de-plume.

There was quite a lot of gossip a few years back that Gotovina was holed up in the Republic with 'friends' from the war.
 
#19
There are a few more details in the Time website:
Time link
 
#20
whitecity said:
There was quite a lot of gossip a few years back that Gotovina was holed up in the Republic with 'friends' from the war.
Which as I'm sure you are well aware whitecity was total BS spread by certain intelligence agencies. Gotovina was never holed up in Ireland or for that matter in Croatia whilst he was 'on the run'
 

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