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Twelve police officers were detained in the case and are under investigation, the Justice Ministry said.

Radio program host Beatriz Navas said on Sunday that many Venezuelans are concerned about police abuse and officers’ involvement in violent crime.


Morales threatens to close U.S. Embassy

LA PAZ — Leftist President Evo Morales warned in comments published Sunday that he would close the U.S. Embassy in La Paz if Washington continues to interfere in his country’s domestic affairs.

Mr. Morales, who has faced a proliferation of protests in recent weeks over a variety of issues, has accused the United States of fueling the unrest against his government.

“If the U.S. Embassy continues bothering Bolivia, as it is doing now, then it is best we close the United States Embassy in Bolivia because we are anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-neoliberals,” the state-run ABI news agency quoted him as saying.

The embassy had no comment.

The two countries have not exchanged ambassadors since 2008, when Mr. Morales expelled U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration after accusing them of taking part in a right-wing conspiracy against him.

Washington reciprocated by kicking out the Bolivian ambassador to Washington.

From wire dispatches and staff reports