- Title: Bolivian workers protest job cuts as lockdown hits economy
- Date: 14th July 2020
- Summary: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (JULY 14, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EFFIGY OF INTERIM PRESIDENT JEANINE ANEZ BURNING AT PROTEST VARIOUS OF GROUP OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AROUND BURNING EFFIGY EFFIGY OF ANEZ AND OTHER GOVERNMENT FIGURES BURNING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS OUT ON THE STREET PROTESTER WITH FACE MASK PROTESTERS RAISING FISTS IN THE AIR DEMONSTRATION (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TRADE UNION OFFICIAL, JUAN CARLOS HUARACHI, SAYING: "We are defending jobs, we are defending employment stability. We have seen more than 300,000 dismissals in the public and private sector, that is the understanding of workers today. There are trade unions that have reduced salaries and reducing the number of personnel." VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED TO PERFORM A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY AT DEMONSTRATION VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING PROTESTER IN TRADITIONAL DRESS WOMAN SANITIZING MARCHING PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING
- Embargoed: 28th July 2020 22:40
- Keywords: Bolivia La Paz coronavirus economy jobs protest quarantine trade union workers
- Location: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- City: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- Country: Bolivia
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CMS9IYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Scores of Bolivians marched on the streets of La Paz on Tuesday (July 14) to protest against lockdown measures in one of Latin America's poorest countries, as the economy reels and jobs are shed during the pandemic.
Protesters burned an effigy of Interim President Jeanine Anez during the demonstration that calls on authorities to do more to support employment and reactivate the economy.
Last week, Anez and several other government ministers tested positive for coronavirus.
Bolivia's economy is expected to slip into recession this year largely as a result of the pandemic. And with elections expected later in the year, some fear this could create political instability in the country.
Bolivia, a landlocked Andean nation of over 11.5 million people has registered more than 49,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 1,800 deaths and is one of the worst affected countries per capita in the world.
(Production: Santiago Limachi, Monica Machicao, Paul Vieira)
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