LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
On April 24, a group of protesting Bolivian peasant blocked the country's two main highways into the capital La Paz.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
1. SV Peasants blocking a street, carrying banner. (4 SHOTS) 0.30
2. GV, SCU Road blocked by rocks. 0.42
3. GV Stranded travellers walking along the street.(4 SHOTS) 1.17
4. GV Travellers gathering on the street. 1.28
5. SV Indian family. 1.33
6. SV PAN, GV Street blocked by rocks, peasant carrying banners. (5 SHOTS) 2.04
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Background: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
On April 24, a group of protesting Bolivian peasant blocked the country's two main highways into the capital La Paz. The action virtually halted road traffic in and out of La Paz. Bus Drivers halted all services until the highways were cleared. As a consequence, thousands of travellers were left stranded in La Paz, most of them without enough money for a hotel. The peasant were demanding higher prices for their goods at the La paz markets, and government subsidies. The peasants also announced full support for the tin-miners' occupation of the offices of the State Mining Company, COMIBOL, in La Paz. The miners took over the offices on April 27 after 800 administration workers refused to end a 17-day strike until they received the same hours bonus payments granted to the miners. Mine workers claimed the strike threatened production at the 18 Bolivian tin mines which provided seventy per cent of the country's foreign earnings. Despite an appeal from Bolivian President Hernan Siles Zuazo, miners refused to end the occupation.
Source: REUTERS - DANIEL BAUER