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Narconews: A Fast, Dramatic Day in La Paz

A Fast, Dramatic Day in La Paz

May 24, 2005
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Yesterday morning at 10:00, the leaders of the Federation of Neighborhood Committees of El Alto, with their president Abel Mamani in front, walked the hundred meters that separate them from the Ceja zone and installed a blockade in front of the highway that leads to La Paz.

The El Alto public school teachers followed them. At the same time, the march of the different groups of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), which arrived last night in El Alto, began the final section of their long march to government headquarters.

A general civic strike, a march, and, at 1:30 pm sharp, a great open council in the Plaza de los Heroes in La Paz: the Bolivian social movements spent several hours deliberating what to do to reclaim the country's hydrocarbons and other natural resources, taking them out of the hands of the Bolivian politicians and the multinational corporations. It was a fast, dramatic day... let's look at the events, and what led up to them:

Also, don't miss new contributor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky's insightful report on recent events in Bolivia. Read her latest post to the Narcosphere here:

From somewhere in a country called América,

Luis A. Gómez
Acting Publisher
The Narco News Bulletin

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