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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“Good Times” ping.
Why are prices rising?
Ask "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke and Chuck "Ethanol is Good" Grassley.
TNT does get your attention.
Serious protesters use TNT.
Sounded like you were referring to nobama.
Those birds of a feather, hugo, evo and zero.
Get your Potassium Iodide now.
It’s tough all over, and could get tougher, especially in countries where the government routinely over-promises benefits and dampens productive activities by excessively blatant looting of Other People’s Money.
Update about the potential for another year of bad harvests
10 February 2011
Ethanol subsidies just keep on giving.
Medea Benjamin...any poop on her? Can’t someone “find” something on her that would enrage the left? Ya know...like she kicked her cat out into the rain or something? Something HORRIBLE like that...let’s get PETA on her ass, because really traitorous activity against the United States of America just doesn’t seem to impress the left.
Let’s “get” her for kitty abuse.