Skip to comments.Bolivian President Morales flees food price protest [w/dynamite]
Posted on 02/13/2011 3:10:40 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Bolivian President Evo Morales has abandoned a public event in the face of an angry protests over food shortages and price rises.
Mr Morales was due to address a parade to commemorate a colonial-era uprising in the mining city of Oruro.
But he and his team left the city to avoid a violent demonstration by miners throwing dynamite.
There have also been protests in other Bolivian cities over the shortage of sugar and other basic foodstuffs.
Mr Morales cut short his visit and returned to La Paz after protesters set off explosions close to where he was preparing to give a speech in Oruro, the capital of his home province in western Bolivia.
"The government took the decision not to respond to shameful provocations of this kind," presidential spokesman Ivan Canelas said.
Wave of protest
Setting off dynamite is a common feature of trade union protests in Bolivia, where the explosive is widely available to miners, but injuries are rare.
In the eastern city of Santa Cruz - an opposition stronghold - protesters blocked the road to the airport to demand the government scrap an agency set up to promote food production.
The protesters say the agency - known as Emapa - is inefficient and discourages private commerce.
Smaller protests were also staged in La Paz and the central city of Cochabamba, although marches were called off because of bad weather.
President Morales is facing a wave of protest over rising food and transport costs and a shortage of sugar.
The left-wing leader's popularity has fallen sharply since the beginning of the year, when he abandoned plans to cut fuel subsidies in the face of popular protests.
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Forming the TNT Party.
Obama doesn’t appear to be in any rush to encourage the people to throw a marxist out of office.
Isn’t he one of Hugo’s best friends? Funny that the workers are upset with a “man of the people”.lol.
The world is getting more incensed every day.
but but but our Dem propaganda wing called the media will be over this for a week and saying how the people are fed up of socialism.
OOPPS sorry it is the Dem propaganda wing of course they won’t report this unless it is throwing out right wing leaders
The Ethanol Revolutions
I couldn’t resist!
Morales makes Chavez look like a free trader.
“a violent demonstration by miners throwing dynamite”
Bolivia is landlocked. Egypt has the Suez Canal. Which one is more important to our strategic interests?
As scared as our politicians are of the TEA Party, think of their panic if they were confronted by the TNT Party.
Morales led his revolution in order to prevent the building of a natural gas pipeline to the sea. He said, hydrocarbons mean slavery, that Bolivians should turn to their authentic roots, by which he meant coca, which he said would lead them to freedom.
Chavez supported the revolution, admonishing them to stay out of the hydrocarbons business.
So here they sit atop natural gas deposits, with rising food prices, rising fuel prices, which is exactly where anyone could have predicted they would wind up. What natural gas production they have was seized from the stockholders and is now government run. Good job. Works every time.
Yeah but you can grow come legAlly
You may not get a cake but he’ll snorting come ain’t half bad