BUENOS AIRES (Apr. 12)
Official announcement by the Bolivian Government that the republic’s doors are open to all immigrants save “Chinese, Negroes, Jews, Gypsies and other suspicious elements” has been made public here. Bolivia’s action is sharply attacked in an editorial by La Prensa, South America’s most influential newspaper, which declares race prejudice is contrary to South American traditions. Nations should consider prospective immigrants’ usefulness, the editorial asserts, rather than their origin.
Bolivia, nominally a republic, has a population of more than 3,000,000, of whom more than half are Indians. The Government is headed by Lt. Col. German Busch as Provisional president, title he assumed after unseating President David Toro in a bloodless coup last Summer.