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Bolivian President Morales flees food price protest [w/dynamite]
BBC ^ | Saturday, 12 February 2011

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bolivia; communism; dynamite; evomorales; explosives; food; miners; morales; protests; riots; shortages; supply; tntparty
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To: edpc

“Good Times” ping.

21 posted on 02/13/2011 4:21:12 PM PST by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Why are prices rising?

22 posted on 02/13/2011 4:23:11 PM PST by RushingWater
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To: RushingWater
Why are prices rising?

Ask "Helicopter Ben" Bernanke and Chuck "Ethanol is Good" Grassley.

23 posted on 02/13/2011 4:33:27 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"over the shortage of sugar and other basic foodstuffs"

-without reading further, my guess is his government has put price controls on those commodities.
24 posted on 02/13/2011 4:36:07 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: DeaconBenjamin; kristinn
2008 SUMMER : (CODE PINK'S MEDEA BENJAMIN MEETS WITH BOLIVIA'S EVO MORALES--- SEE CODE PINK {See OBAMA} ) This was a major gathering of American communists from the Communist Party USA, Committee of Correspondence (a CP-split off), and the Workers World Party and its split-off (Socialism and Liberation crap), plus the Castroites/Chavezites of Benjamin and Evans (connected to the Democratic Party).
Medea Benjamin met with Evo Morales several weeks ago just before he started a diplomatic row with the U.S. 61 posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 11:40:43 PM by kristinn | To 20
25 posted on 02/13/2011 4:39:35 PM PST by piasa
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To: DeaconBenjamin

TNT does get your attention.
Serious protesters use TNT.

26 posted on 02/13/2011 4:57:03 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: marron

Sounded like you were referring to nobama.

Those birds of a feather, hugo, evo and zero.

27 posted on 02/13/2011 4:58:39 PM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: rickmichaels
"The world is getting more incensed every day.

Hungrier too.

Get your Potassium Iodide now.

28 posted on 02/13/2011 5:41:56 PM PST by blam
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To: DeaconBenjamin

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

29 posted on 02/13/2011 6:05:42 PM PST by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Ethanol subsidies just keep on giving.

30 posted on 02/13/2011 6:30:58 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: piasa

Medea Benjamin...any poop on her? Can’t someone “find” something on her that would enrage the left? Ya 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.

31 posted on 02/13/2011 9:43:30 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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