Police Injured in Clashes with Labor Unions in La Paz, Bolivia

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09 May 2012. Workers, students and doctors have clashed at Plaza Murillo, where the Presidential Palace and Congress building are located, in La Paz. Members of the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB labor unions) attempted to cross through police lines. Police responded with tear gas at the corners of Indaburo and Yanacocha, two blocks from the plaza. Protesters, in turn, responded by throwing rocks and any other object they could find. At Ballivian and Comercio streets groups of medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals also clashed with police when they were denied access to the plaza. Today is the first day of a 72-hour work stoppage declared by the COB.


Source: eju.tv Date 09 May 2012
This is a translated summary. Read more in Spanish here.

Jorge PĂ©rez, Vice Minister of the Interior, denounced today that students from the El Alto Public University (UPEA) had injured the commander of the Police Operations Tactical Unit (UTOP) when they clashed with police and used dynamite and bottles filled with gasoline upon attempting to gain access to Plaza Murillo, location of the Presidential Palace. The UTOP commander was injured by a stick of dynamite. Another police officer was seriously injured and taken to the hospital when a bottle filled with gasoline struck him, cutting through his uniform.

Protesters, pedestrians, and school children were affected when police responded with teargas.

He qualified the protests by university students, doctors, and workers of the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB labor unions) as vandalism and accused them of politicizing the protests in an attempt to destabilize Bolivia's government.


Source: opinion.com.bo Date 09 May 2012
This is a translated summary. Read more in Spanish here.

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