Jeffery R Webber

Mass revolt against poverty in Bolivia

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The streets of the city of Potosí, 600 kilometres south east of the capital, La Paz, are desolate, distended with the uncollected garbage of 18 days of general strike and popular revolt against poverty.

Stores are closed and public and private institutions boarded up, along with schools, markets, and banks. Cash machines are out of money, supplies of food and fuel are low, and inflation is lifting the prices of remaining basic commodities into the clouds. Only vehicles authorised by Potosí's Civic Committee are permitted to navigate the streets.

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