Bolivian peasants blocked roads around the capital La Paz in protest at tough economic measured adopted by the new government of President Lidia Gueiler.
Bolivian peasants blocked roads around the capital La Paz in protest at tough economic measured adopted by the new government of President Lidia Gueiler. The President said Bolivia was nearly bankrupt and announced the devaluation of the peso by 18.4 percent against the United States dollar. The prices of petrol and other fluid were increased by 130 percent and the price of basic foodstuffs was frozen. Outside La Paz, holiday-makers and pilgrims travelling to a shrine were among those who suffered from the resulting protests by peasants.
SYNOPSIS: Transport was disrupted by the peasants' protest blockade of La Paz. On this train were dozens of people who were prevented from travelling to holiday and picnic areas, and to the holy shrine at Copacabana, by a confrontation with angry demonstrators.
Many of the travellers were upset by their experience and Red Cross workers were ready to help. The peasants' main grievance is the increase of between 80 and 100 percent in public transport fares, and they also want more for their produce.
There was violence in some centres. The blockade ended after a week, but other action planned included a one day strike (on Monday 10 December).