- Title: BOLIVIA: TWENTY-FOUR-HOUR GENERAL STRIKE ERUPTS IN VIOLENCE.
- Date: 10th April 1986
- Summary: 1. SV Police standing guard. 0.10 2. SV police talking to demonstrators. 0.26 3. SV Policemen lobbing tear gas canister and firing rifle. 0.35 4. SVs Protesters flocking into doorway of church. (3 SHOTS) 0.49 5. SCU Police commander speaking through loud-hailer to demonstrators. 0.58 6. GV Demonstrators leaving church. 1.04 7. SV PULL BACK TO GV Policemen milling around. 1.12 InitialsRM/JS Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 25th April 1986 13:00
- Location: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVACTRU8GCEE3V8VMOSTGRQKK1GV
- Story Text: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
A 24-hour general strike called by the Central Workers' Union (COB) erupted in violence in La Paz on April 8. The strikers were protesting against the economic policy of President Victor Paz Estenssoro's government, and when police arrived at the scenes of demonstration, the clashes began. Various demonstrators were arrested and two were injured, one seriously, when a tear gas canister thrown by police exploded in his face. Police also used electric batons of disperse the protesters, who had called the strike in "defence of education, health and against hunger and the government's economic policy". The strike was strongly supported by many groups, but perhaps most vehemently by the country's teachers. The Bolivian government recently declared vacant the positions of 75,000 teachers who had been on strike over a pay claim. Public sector teachers were demanding three to fourfold increases in their salaries but the government has refused, saying the bankrupt national treasury was without the funds.
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