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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tension in Bolivia l Government coup branded general strike


The general strike conducted by the Bolivian Workers Confederation (COB), became violent Wednesday by police action in the Oruro-Cochabamba highway that left three policemen and at least seven injured miners. Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero, confirmed that more than 100 mine workers Huanuni were detained by police in the operation in the village unlock orureño of CaihuasiHe said that a group of protesters dynamite exploded, which caused damage to the bridge structure linking the town with Caracollo, part of the La Paz-Cochabamba. "Police conducted a deterrence work, we sought to converse through megaphones, but it was not possible.'s Response was dynamite, stones and sharp objects. This is not the way to express a collective action , "said the official. "Our colleagues have been caught in Caihuasi. 's was so brutal police repression that left about seven wounded, they were taken to Oruro. was also learned that a lot of colleagues were arrested, "said Edgar Mejia, secretary of the Federation conflict Mineworkers in Bolivia. The protest of the Central Obrera unit, which calls for the amendment of the pension law, managed to halt production on Tuesday Huanuni, the largest tin mine in the country and in three days left 120 arrested and 15 injuredThe general strike, which began on Monday continued on Wednesday also withroadblocks in several parts of the countryPresidency Minister Juan Ramon Quintana, warned: "We will not jeopardize the country's economy, the sustainability of the Solidarity Fund and the allocation of resources for people who earn less in the country." He warned that if the stoppage remains in Huanuni, no "risk of collapse" and "accelerate collective suicide". Also reported that there are leaders who encourage radicalism in the demonstrations.There are leaders who are speaking the language of the coup , "he said. The Labour Minister Daniel Santalla, reiterated a call for the union to discuss the changes to the pension law. He also rejected a meeting between the leadership of the COB with President Evo Morales and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera .

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