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A day of relative calm followed the most dramatic clashes yet between protestors and police in
On January 9, members of the irrigation union (regantes) threatened to permanently turn off the water supply to
The police office of professional responsibility, the equivalent of an office of internal affairs, has initiated an investigation of Monday's events and has reinstated the Cochabamba Police Commander Obleas, at least until the inquest concludes. The Bolivian mainstream press interpreted this decision as an executive slap on the hand for Minister Munoz after the rash firing. The police force has officially promised to obey the dictates of the central government, but there have been complaints from officers of a lack of institutional respect for untenable conditions for the force as well as unsubstantiated rumors of possible strikes or insubordination.
Initial attempts at dialogue between
Although the Catholic Church and human rights organizations have urged all parties to seek productive solutions, polarization, insults and inflexibility continue to reign.
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