The economic crisis in Bolivia has led to a wave of protest actions and strikes by workers in all sectors.
GVs Teachers and students holding protest march through streets of La Paz carrying banners and singing (4 shots)
GV Police cordon watches as demonstrators march past
GV Women marchers singing as they pass
TV Demonstrators marching, singing and chanting (2 shots)
GVs & SV Firemen putting out blaze in overturned military vehicle and righting it as demonstrators approach (3 shots)
GV PAN & SV People queueing in street of La Paz waiting for taxis (2 shots)
SV PAN Family crowded on to small motorbike
GVs & SVs People crowing into truck and truck driving away through streets (5 shots)
SV People walking through streets of La Paz
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Background: The economic crisis in Bolivia has led to a wave of protest actions and strikes by workers in all sectors. Inflation is unofficially estimated at an annual rate of about 300 per cent. Teachers angered by the decreasing value of their wages, held a protest demonstration in the streets of La Paz on August 5. The march was joined by students who support the demand for higher salaries and the anti-government campaign for the re-introduction of democratic rule. The installation of a new President, General Guido Vildoso on July 21 has elicited little support from the civilian population of the country's unions. The main labour organisation the COB called a one-hour protest strike at the time of the inauguration. The seven main political parties want the government to be handed over to the leaders of the coalition which won the 1980 elections. While the teachers were staging their protest march bus drivers in La Paz were out on strike demanding fare increases. Acting on the advice of the International Monetary Fund, the government ordered a 76 per cent devaluation of the peso in February. This move increased transport costs by up to 50 per cent. The people of La Paz coped with the strike as best they could. Some ran private taxi services, others hired trucks which they packed with as many people as possible but many were forced to walk.