June 17, 2008

Trouble in Potosi

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There are reports that the prefecture of Potosi has been taken over by protesting miners.

In the last few days there has been brewing a problem in Potosi. Miners and heavy transport workers have been demonstrating in the main square and blocking roads to pressure the government not to go ahead with a bill, which would make them pay additional taxes. These two factions have been pressuring the government for some time now.

The situation has been worsened due to the Potosi campesinos, who have vowed to open up the roads, even if they have to use force.

Things have worsened now, because according to some people who live in Potosi, the miners who were demonstrating in the main square, have taken over the prefecture or government building.

More detailed reports later....

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