Private businesses closed down on February 6 to protest against the Bolivian Government's economic policies.
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Background: Private businesses closed down on February 6 to protest against the Bolivian Government's economic policies. the unprecedented 48-hour strike was decided by the Confederation of Private Businessmen at an emergency session held a few days before. The Confederation is opposed to 57 per cent wage increase offered by the Government to end a hunger strike by over 4,000 workers, and a four-month freeze on the prize of flour, sugar, oil, rice and milk. Eyewitness accounts said banks, shops and factories throughout Bolivia were closed. But Government offices public transport and markets remained in operation. Many workers also rejected the strike but were locked out of their factories by management. The Confederation took out advertisements in major Bolivian daily newspapers saying that the Government's "incoherent economic policies" had led to "uncontrollable inflation". The Ministry of Labour said the strike was illegal and accused the Confederation of trying to pressurise the Government into adopting policies contrary to the public interest.