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April 30, 2001

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Narco News 2001

Bolivian Unions Unite with Coca Growers

General Strike!

Set to Begin Tuesday, May 1 and go on Indefinitely

11:22 a.m., Monday, April 30, 2001

By French Press Agency (AFP)

Translated by The Narco News Bulletin

The Bolivian Central Union (COB, in its Spanish acronym) on Monday ratified its decision, beginning on May 1st, International Workers Day, to begin a general strike for an undetermined period of time to demand official attention at its 15-point petition, its leader Alberto Camacho announced this morning.

"Until the government (of President Hugo Banzer) effectively meets our demands the decision to convene a National STrike will be maintained," said Camacho, who had announced the adoption of this strategy on Monday.

The decision was ratified in spite of the renewal of negotiations between the government and the trade organizations in conflict, including the coca growers leader Evo Morales, whose union has blocked the principal highway in Bolivia for six days in opposition to the anti-drug policies out of the capital of La Paz.

Camacho expressed hope for the results that could be arrived at during the meeting to be held this Monday in the seat of the Bolivian Congress.

Various unions affiliated with the COB, including the retirees and the coca growers, are represented in the meeting to seek solutions to the climate of social protests that shake the nation.

Detained by its own internal conflicts, the Central Union intends to recuperate its leadership that for two decades made it an effective representative of Civil Society, as well as its influence in regional politics. (AFP)


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